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What is PACES?

PACES is an in-person and phone-based program developed to improve self-management and related health outcomes in adults with epilepsy.

How does PACES work?

PACES consists of 8 weekly meetings of about 75 minutes. Meetings are conducted in person or over the phone. They are led by an epilepsy professional and a peer with epilepsy.

PACES provides a wide range of topics that are important to people with epilepsy:

  • Epilepsy and other medical issues
  • Stress and depression
  • Memory and cognition
  • Community participation on a budget
  • Managing care
  • Assertive communication
  • Improving well-being

At each meeting, participants are encouraged to be engaged by taking notes, asking questions, and sharing personal experiences.

Each week, participants set a personal, achievable goal for the following week to improve how they deal with the challenges of living well with epilepsy.


Contact PACES Team

Robert T. Fraser, PhD
Neurology, Neurological Surgery, & Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington
Box 359744
Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 744-9131

Erica K. Johnson, PhD, CRC
Rehabilitation Psychology Consultant
University of Washington/Harborview Medical Center
Neurology Vocational Services Unit
Box 359744
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2499
(206) 744-9130


Publications about PACES

Fraser RT, Johnson EK, Miller JW, Temkin N, Barber J, Caylor L, Ciechanowski P, Chaytor N. (2011). Managing Epilepsy Well: Self-Management Needs Assessment. Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 20, Issue 2, 291-8.

Fraser R, Johnson EK, Lashley S, Barber J, Chaytor N, Miller JW, Ciechanowski P, Temkin N, Caylor L.(2015).PACES in epilepsy: Results of a self-management randomized controlled trial. Epilepsia. 2015 Jun 29. [Epub ahead of print]
doi: 10.1111/epi.13052
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