Self-help group and medication overuse headache: Preliminary data

Elisa Sancisi, Marialuisa Rausa, Stefano Zanigni, Sabina Cevoli, Andrea Norcini Pala, Marianna Nicodemo, Daniela Grimaldi, Pasquale Montagna, Pietro Cortelli, Giulia Pierangeli

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The objective of the study is to investigate the benefits of joining a self-help group for patients with medication overuse headache (MOH). A self-help group is a voluntary gathering of a small number of persons who share a common problem. Little is known about support groups for people with chronic non-malignant pain such as MOH. Eight patients with refractory MOH attended a self-help group twice a month. During the meetings, patients were asked to focus on their headache experiences. Our data showed an increase in resourcefulness in coping with pain and a reduction in cephalalgiophobia. All patients reported general benefits in sharing their headache-related problems. No differences were found for headache frequency or analgesic overuse. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a self-help group for patients with MOH. Joining a self-help group can help patients develop positive attitudes to managing pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Fingerprint

Secondary Headache Disorders
Self-Help Groups
Headache
Pain
Analgesics

Keywords

  • Behavioural treatment
  • Chronic pain
  • Coping
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Self-help group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this

Self-help group and medication overuse headache : Preliminary data. / Sancisi, Elisa; Rausa, Marialuisa; Zanigni, Stefano; Cevoli, Sabina; Pala, Andrea Norcini; Nicodemo, Marianna; Grimaldi, Daniela; Montagna, Pasquale; Cortelli, Pietro; Pierangeli, Giulia.

In: Neurological Sciences, Vol. 30, No. 6, 12.2009, p. 459-463.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sancisi, E, Rausa, M, Zanigni, S, Cevoli, S, Pala, AN, Nicodemo, M, Grimaldi, D, Montagna, P, Cortelli, P & Pierangeli, G 2009, 'Self-help group and medication overuse headache: Preliminary data', Neurological Sciences, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 459-463. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-009-0131-x
Sancisi, Elisa ; Rausa, Marialuisa ; Zanigni, Stefano ; Cevoli, Sabina ; Pala, Andrea Norcini ; Nicodemo, Marianna ; Grimaldi, Daniela ; Montagna, Pasquale ; Cortelli, Pietro ; Pierangeli, Giulia. / Self-help group and medication overuse headache : Preliminary data. In: Neurological Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 30, No. 6. pp. 459-463.
@article{22062d5f32444435a7ec20b5f351ed9e,
title = "Self-help group and medication overuse headache: Preliminary data",
abstract = "The objective of the study is to investigate the benefits of joining a self-help group for patients with medication overuse headache (MOH). A self-help group is a voluntary gathering of a small number of persons who share a common problem. Little is known about support groups for people with chronic non-malignant pain such as MOH. Eight patients with refractory MOH attended a self-help group twice a month. During the meetings, patients were asked to focus on their headache experiences. Our data showed an increase in resourcefulness in coping with pain and a reduction in cephalalgiophobia. All patients reported general benefits in sharing their headache-related problems. No differences were found for headache frequency or analgesic overuse. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a self-help group for patients with MOH. Joining a self-help group can help patients develop positive attitudes to managing pain.",
keywords = "Behavioural treatment, Chronic pain, Coping, Medication overuse headache, Self-help group",
author = "Elisa Sancisi and Marialuisa Rausa and Stefano Zanigni and Sabina Cevoli and Pala, {Andrea Norcini} and Marianna Nicodemo and Daniela Grimaldi and Pasquale Montagna and Pietro Cortelli and Giulia Pierangeli",
year = "2009",
month = "12",
doi = "10.1007/s10072-009-0131-x",
language = "English",
volume = "30",
pages = "459--463",
journal = "Neurological Sciences",
issn = "1590-1874",
publisher = "Springer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Self-help group and medication overuse headache

T2 - Preliminary data

AU - Sancisi, Elisa

AU - Rausa, Marialuisa

AU - Zanigni, Stefano

AU - Cevoli, Sabina

AU - Pala, Andrea Norcini

AU - Nicodemo, Marianna

AU - Grimaldi, Daniela

AU - Montagna, Pasquale

AU - Cortelli, Pietro

AU - Pierangeli, Giulia

PY - 2009/12

Y1 - 2009/12

N2 - The objective of the study is to investigate the benefits of joining a self-help group for patients with medication overuse headache (MOH). A self-help group is a voluntary gathering of a small number of persons who share a common problem. Little is known about support groups for people with chronic non-malignant pain such as MOH. Eight patients with refractory MOH attended a self-help group twice a month. During the meetings, patients were asked to focus on their headache experiences. Our data showed an increase in resourcefulness in coping with pain and a reduction in cephalalgiophobia. All patients reported general benefits in sharing their headache-related problems. No differences were found for headache frequency or analgesic overuse. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a self-help group for patients with MOH. Joining a self-help group can help patients develop positive attitudes to managing pain.

AB - The objective of the study is to investigate the benefits of joining a self-help group for patients with medication overuse headache (MOH). A self-help group is a voluntary gathering of a small number of persons who share a common problem. Little is known about support groups for people with chronic non-malignant pain such as MOH. Eight patients with refractory MOH attended a self-help group twice a month. During the meetings, patients were asked to focus on their headache experiences. Our data showed an increase in resourcefulness in coping with pain and a reduction in cephalalgiophobia. All patients reported general benefits in sharing their headache-related problems. No differences were found for headache frequency or analgesic overuse. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a self-help group for patients with MOH. Joining a self-help group can help patients develop positive attitudes to managing pain.

KW - Behavioural treatment

KW - Chronic pain

KW - Coping

KW - Medication overuse headache

KW - Self-help group

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=70449519073&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=70449519073&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s10072-009-0131-x

DO - 10.1007/s10072-009-0131-x

M3 - Article

C2 - 19768373

AN - SCOPUS:70449519073

VL - 30

SP - 459

EP - 463

JO - Neurological Sciences

JF - Neurological Sciences

SN - 1590-1874

IS - 6

ER -