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.
In this activity, Dr. Burke will explain the steps for successful migraine management. She will discuss how to correctly identify migraines and differentiate them from other headaches. Treatment for migraines in accordance with the latest recommendations will be reviewed and available alternative therapies will also be discussed.
Using case studies, this activity explores effective interventions for treating patients with complicated migraines. In this activity, also learn the difference in medications available for treating migraines and tension-type headaches.
In this activity, Dr. Smetana will discuss primary headache syndromes including migraines, cluster headaches, and tension-type headaches. The activity will give an overview of both evidence-based treatment therapies and alternate treatment options for migraines and other types of headaches.
This activity will discuss the treatment for migraines in a primary care setting. Dr. Smetana will explain the differences between migraine abortive therapy and preventative therapies. He will also discuss complementary and alternative treatments including lifestyle management and behavior modifications that can impact the number and severity of migraine episodes.
This activity will provide an overview of the diagnosis and work-up of pediatric headache using the International Headache Society recommendations. Three basic types of therapies will be discussed: traditional medication therapy (abortive and prophylactic), alternative therapy (including vitamins and herbs) and the role of straightforward lifestyle changes that are often overlooked in headache management. Dr. Lerner will also discuss how using a variety of these modalities will often lead to the best outcomes.
In this Clinical Coffee Break, Dr. Patricia Greenstein reviews several common neurovascular disorders, including ischemic stroke and migraine, and discusses diagnostic tests and management for each.
In this activity, Dr. Reyes-Iglesias will discuss common neurological issues that face primary care practitioners in their practice. She will review the common causes of dizziness and syncope and discuss the differential diagnosis following a seizure. Finally, she will review migraine and headache disorders along with treatment and management strategies for common neurological problems.