Headache disorders: Building specialist education

Paolo Martelletti and Timothy J Steiner

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 disorders: Building specialist education

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There is an increasing demand of education in excellence with respect to headache disorders. The 2007 WHO Report. Neurological Disorders: Public Health Challenges included for the first time headache disorders among the priorities. When reading this report, it becomes evident how education is considered the top priority: the starting point is constituted by the training of primary care physicians up to specialist education, which represents the only way to accomplish this challenge. Educational standards in headache medicine have to be built. Opportunities at all levels will have to be exploited to grow medical culture in headache, starting from the superficial knowledge gained during academic training at medical schools, courses, headache schools, accreditations as fellowship, master’s degrees. None of these options must exclude the others but every option should expand and arrive to various geographic territories and backgrounds as well as care demands encountering the different aid systems (public, private, mixed, etc.) to build an educational synergy for a definitive medical control on headache disorders.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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