A review of current European treatment guidelines for migraine

Fabio Antonaci, Cezar Dumitrache, Ilaria De Cillis, Marta Allena

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Migraine is one of the ten most disabling disorders worldwide, and despite recent developments in the management of migraine, it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Guidelines for the management of migraine aim to improve the quality of patient care and to assist professionals in decision making in relation to the overall healthcare process. Most European countries have published national clinical practice guidelines for migraine treatment. These guidelines need to be kept up-to-date with the most recent best clinical evidence and therapeutic strategies to ensure their optimal use to improve health outcomes. The aim of this review is to compare the English language guidelines available across Europe, analyzing differences and similarities, in order to provide a general overview to assist in assessing whether a European consensus on migraine treatment can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-19
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


  • Migraine management
  • National guidelines
  • Stepped care
  • Stratified care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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