Undertreatment in patients with primary headaches attending headache centres

Domenico D'Amico, C. Gambini, N. Massetto, F. Moschiano, M. C. Tonini, E. Ferrante, C. Lovati, P. Bernardoni, G. Bussone

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Abstract

Undertreatment in patients with primary headaches was evaluated in 600 patients attending 7 headache centres in Lombardy by assessing the rates of acute and prophylactic treatments used before the first visit and the rates of prescription of acute and prophylactic treatments after the visit at the headache centre. Our results clearly showed that most headache patients are likely to receive suboptimal treatments, confirming the utility of headache centres as well as the need for promoting education of GPs and the development of appropriate networks to reduce undertreatment rates, in order to highlight the negative impact caused by primary headache on individuals and on the society.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume32
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • Acute treatment
  • Headache centres
  • Migraine
  • Primary headaches
  • Prophylactic treatment
  • Undertreatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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