Headache inpatient units

Frederick G Freitag

in Headache care, research and education worldwide

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584680
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753435 | DOI:

Series: Frontiers in Headache Research Series

Headache inpatient units

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Episodic significant headache disorders such as migraine are common and exceed 10% of the population. A smaller group of patients involving less than 5% of the population have frequent headaches but it is in this group that the most significant impacts occur in terms of health-care utilization, lost time from work and other activities, and diminished quality of life. Comorbid illness and complications related to treatment produce a small but significant group of individuals whose treatment benefits by its initiation through inpatient hospital care. Outcome data support a stratification of care for patients with challenging headache that takes into consideration a number of parameters involving past and current treatment, disease duration, headache and comorbid diagnoses, disability, and prior health-care utilization. Further studies are required to examine these parameters in more detail and over time to optimize patient outcomes and best practices.

Chapter.  5198 words. 

Subjects: Neurology ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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