Successful management of headache disorders follows five essential steps:
■ the sufferer must seek medical treatment;
■ a correct diagnosis should be made;
■ the treatment offered must be appropriate to the diagnosis;
■ the treatment should be taken as directed;
■ the patient should be followed up to assess the outcome of treatment, which should be changed if necessary.
Therefore the key to successful health care for headache is education (31), which first should create awareness that headache disorders are a medical problem requiring treatment. Education of health-care providers should encompass both the elements of good management (see Box 3.3.2) and the avoidance of mismanagement.
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