Overview

The significant social and economic burden that migraine places on individuals underscores the need for competent and evidence-based migraine management by primary care providers (PCPs). Since migraine is a heterogeneous disorder, proper treatment varies depending on migraine type, patient preference, and the presence of any comorbidities.  As such, decisions on what type of acute therapy to recommend and when to initiate preventive care can be complex and multifaceted.  PCPs are the first point of care for 80.1% of patients seeking headache treatment, and they are usually responsible for follow up after patients consult with specialists.  PCPs play an essential role in many important migraine management steps, including encouraging patients to keep a headache diary, monitoring adherence and response to preventive treatment, and assessing migraine burden in patients.

Despite the multitude of guidelines accompanied with new and emerging migraine therapies, many PCPs remain woefully undereducated about migraine, making them ill-prepared to diagnose and manage this disorder in patients.

This CME program specifically targets the community healthcare provider audience to provide an important update on the diagnosis and treatment options for migraines as well as the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options available. 


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the most recent guidelines for diagnosing migraines and the situations in which neuroimaging tests are appropriate and necessary
  • Utilize guideline-based pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments to prevent the occurrence of migraines
  • Apply the new and emerging preventive treatment options, including safety and efficacy profiles 


Faculty Disclosures

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, FAHS, FAAN

Director, Division of Headache
NYU Langone Medical Center
Professor of Neurology (Clinical)
NYU School of medicine
New York, NY


Rebecca Burch, MD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School
John R. Graham Headache Center
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA 


Sarah Vollbracht, MD, FAHS

Clinical Director, Montefiore Headache Center
Program Director, Headache Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY


Disclosures

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Supporter

Amgen

Education Partner

Medical Learning Institute, Inc.


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