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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 136, 2021 Nov 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34763647

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BACKGROUND: General practitioners (GPs) diagnose and manage a majority of headache patients seeking health care. With the aim to understand the potential for clinical improvement and educational needs, we performed a study to investigate Norwegian GPs knowledge about headache and its clinical management. METHODS: We invited GPs from a random sample of 130 Norwegian continuous medical education (CME) groups to respond to an anonymous questionnaire survey. RESULTS: 367 GPs responded to the survey (73% of invited CME groups, 7.6% of all GPs in Norway). Mean age was 46 (SD 11) years, with an average of 18 (SD 10) years of clinical experience. In general the national treatment recommendations were followed, while the International Classification of Headache Disorders and other international guidelines were rarely used. Overall, 80% (n = 292) of the GPs suggested adequate prophylactic medication for frequent episodic migraine, while 28% (n = 101) suggested adequate prophylactic medication for chronic tension-type headache (CTTH). Half (52%, n = 191)) of the respondents were aware that different types of acute headache medication can lead to medication-overuse headache (MOH), and 59% (n = 217) knew that prophylactic headache medication does not lead to MOH. GPs often used MRI in the diagnostic work-up. GPs reported that lack of good treatment options was a main barrier to more optimized treatment of headache patients. CONCLUSION: The knowledge of management of CTTH and MOH was moderate compared to migraine among Norwegian GPs.


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Clínicos Gerais , Transtornos da Cefaleia Secundários , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Noruega/epidemiologia , Inquéritos e Questionários
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Pan Afr Med J ; 39: 198, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34603579

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A mucocele is a cystic and expansive lesion of the sinus cavities. It is uncommon in the sphenoid sinus and its management is quite challenging especially in low to middle income countries like Cameroon. A 43-years-old female was referred to us by a neurologist for chronic headache and visual disturbances. The pain was unresponsive to analgesics. Physical examination was non-remarkable and a head CT scan realized showed a cyst-like lesion in the sphenoid sinus cavity. Surgical endoscopic treatment was proposed and realized with basic endoscopic instruments, consisting of opening the cavity with drainage of the mucocele. A large opening was made on the anterior wall of the sphenoid sinus, in order to ensure continuous drainage and prevent a recurrence. Sphenoid sinus mucocele is a rare condition, and its diagnosis can be difficult. Confirmation requires specific imaging and treatment is presently well established, but it can be managed with basic tools.


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Mucocele/diagnóstico por imagem , Doenças dos Seios Paranasais/diagnóstico por imagem , Seio Esfenoidal/diagnóstico por imagem , Adulto , Camarões , Drenagem , Endoscopia , Feminino , Transtornos da Cefaleia/etiologia , Humanos , Mucocele/cirurgia , Doenças dos Seios Paranasais/cirurgia , Seio Esfenoidal/cirurgia , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X , Transtornos da Visão/etiologia
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Indian Pediatr ; 58(8): 757-764, 2021 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34465659

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Migraine and tension-type headache are common in children and adolescents, but several other headache disorders may pose a great challenge in diagnosis and management to families and attending clinicians. In this review, we highlight several of these disorders, which need appropriate assessment to make the right diagnosis and appropriate investigations where necessary. Timely recognition and implementation of appropriate management strategies can improve the health of children with some disorders, and is vital in achieving improvement in the quality of life.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos de Enxaqueca , Cefaleia do Tipo Tensional , Adolescente , Criança , Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Cefaleia/epidemiologia , Humanos , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/diagnóstico , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/epidemiologia , Qualidade de Vida
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Rev Med Suisse ; 17(751): 1624-1626, 2021 Sep 22.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34550657

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We prospectively followed a cohort of 26 subjects for an average period of 41 months who benefited from occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) in the context of chronic refractory headaches. In 17 patients treated, the frequency of headache decreased, and quality of life scores improved significantly. Among these patients, the "very good" response rate was 34 %. In this cohort, treatment-related adverse events are relatively common (42 %) but not severe. While it is difficult to anticipate the risk factors for non-response to treatment, we estimate that the risk of failure may not be related to the duration of the disease, but rather to the number of different preventives attempted prior to ONS.


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Terapia por Estimulação Elétrica , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia/terapia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Qualidade de Vida , Resultado do Tratamento
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Br J Anaesth ; 127(4): 600-607, 2021 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34548152

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BACKGROUND: Unintentional dural puncture with an epidural needle complicates approximately 1% of epidural anaesthetics and causes an acute headache in 60-80% of these patients. Several retrospective studies suggest an increased risk of chronic headache. We assessed the relationship between unintentional dural puncture and chronic disabling headache, defined as one or more functionally limiting headaches within a 2-week interval ending 2, 6, and 12 months postpartum. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, parturients who experienced unintentional dural puncture were matched 1:4 with control patients. Patients completed questionnaires regarding characteristics of headache and back pain pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, immediately postpartum, and at 2, 6, and 12 months postpartum. The primary outcome was prevalence of disabling headache in the past 2 weeks, assessed at 2 months postpartum. Secondary outcomes included prevalence and characteristics of headache and back pain at these time points. RESULTS: We enrolled 99 patients. At 2 and 6 months postpartum, the prevalence of disabling headache was greater among patients with unintentional dural puncture than matched controls (2 months, 74% vs 38%, relative risk 1.9, 95% confidence interval 1.2-2.9, P=0.009; 6 months, 56% vs 25%, relative risk 2.1, 95% confidence interval 1.1-4.0, P=0.033). There was no difference in the prevalence of back pain at any time point. CONCLUSIONS: Our prospective trial confirms retrospective studies that chronic headache is more prevalent among women who experienced unintentional dural puncture compared with controls who received uncomplicated neuraxial anaesthesia. This finding has implications for the. patient consent process and recommendations for long-term follow-up of patients who experience unintentional dural puncture.


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Anestesia Epidural/efeitos adversos , Transtornos da Cefaleia/etiologia , Cefaleia Pós-Punção Dural/etiologia , Período Pós-Parto , Adulto , Anestesia Epidural/métodos , Anestesia Obstétrica/efeitos adversos , Anestesia Obstétrica/métodos , Dor nas Costas/epidemiologia , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Transtornos da Cefaleia/epidemiologia , Humanos , Cefaleia Pós-Punção Dural/epidemiologia , Gravidez , Prevalência , Estudos Prospectivos , Risco , Fatores de Tempo
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 90, 2021 Aug 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34380429

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BACKGROUND: There have been several calls for estimations of costs and consequences of headache interventions to inform European public-health policies. In a previous paper, in the absence of universally accepted methodology, we developed headache-type-specific analytical models to be applied to implementation of structured headache services in Europe as the health-care solution to headache. Here we apply this methodology and present the findings. METHODS: Data sources were published evidence and expert opinions, including those from an earlier economic evaluation framework using the WHO-CHOICE model. We used three headache-type-specific analytical models, for migraine, tension-type-headache (TTH) and medication-overuse-headache (MOH). We considered three European Region case studies, from Luxembourg, Russia and Spain to include a range of health-care systems, comparing current (suboptimal) care versus target care (structured services implemented, with provider-training and consumer-education). We made annual and 5-year cost estimates from health-care provider and societal perspectives (2020 figures, euros). We expressed effectiveness as healthy life years (HLYs) gained, and cost-effectiveness as incremental cost-effectiveness-ratios (ICERs; cost to be invested/HLY gained). We applied WHO thresholds for cost-effectiveness. RESULTS: The models demonstrated increased effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness (migraine) or cost saving (TTH, MOH) from the provider perspective over one and 5 years and consistently across the health-care systems and settings. From the societal perspective, we found structured headache services would be economically successful, not only delivering increased effectiveness but also cost saving across headache types and over time. The predicted magnitude of cost saving correlated positively with country wage levels. Lost productivity had a major impact on these estimates, but sensitivity analyses showed the intervention remained cost-effective across all models when we assumed that remedying disability would recover only 20% of lost productivity. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to propose a health-care solution for headache, in the form of structured headache services, and evaluate it economically in multiple settings. Despite numerous challenges, we demonstrated that economic evaluation of headache services, in terms of outcomes and costs, is feasible as well as necessary. Furthermore, it is strongly supportive of the proposed intervention, while its framework is general enough to be easily adapted and implemented across Europe.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia do Tipo Tensional , Análise Custo-Benefício , Europa (Continente) , Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 99, 2021 Aug 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34425753

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BACKGROUND: Health economic evaluations support health-care decision-making by providing information on the costs and consequences of health interventions. No universally accepted methodology exists for modelling effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions designed to close treatment gaps for headache disorders in countries of Europe (or elsewhere). Our aim here, within the European Brain Council's Value-of-Treatment project, was to develop headache-type-specific analytical models to be applied to implementation of structured headache services in Europe as the health-care solution to headache. METHODS: We developed three headache-type-specific decision-analytical models using the WHO-CHOICE framework and adapted these for three European Region country settings (Luxembourg, Russia and Spain), diverse in geographical location, population size, income level and health-care systems and for which we had population-based data. Each model compared current (suboptimal) care vs target care (delivered in accordance with the structured headache services model). Epidemiological and economic data were drawn from studies conducted by the Global Campaign against Headache; data on efficacy of treatments were taken from published randomized controlled trials; assumptions on uptake of treatments, and those made for Healthy Life Year (HLY) calculations and target-care benefits, were agreed with experts. We made annual and 5-year cost estimates from health-care provider (main analyses) and societal (secondary analyses) perspectives (2020 figures, euros). RESULTS: The analytical models were successfully developed and applied to each country setting. Headache-related costs (including use of health-care resources and lost productivity) and health outcomes (HLYs) were mapped across populations. The same calculations were repeated for each alternative (current vs target care). Analyses of the differences in costs and health outcomes between alternatives and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratios are presented elsewhere. CONCLUSIONS: This study presents the first headache-type-specific analytical models to evaluate effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of implementing structured headache services in countries in the European Region. The models are robust, and can assist policy makers in allocating health budgets between interventions to maximize the health of populations.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia , Análise Custo-Benefício , Atenção à Saúde , Europa (Continente) , Cefaleia/epidemiologia , Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos
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BMJ Open ; 11(8): e048552, 2021 08 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34404708

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OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences of patients suffering from new daily persistent headache (NDPH) regarding the diagnostic process, treatment and medical care. DESIGN: A qualitative phenomenological study was conducted. SETTING: A specialised headache unit at two university hospitals in Spain between February 2017 and December 2018. PARTICIPANTS: Patients diagnosed with NDPH according to the International Classification of Headache disorders (third beta edition). METHODS: Purposeful sampling was performed. Data were collected using unstructured and semistructured interviews, researchers' field notes and patients' drawings. An inductive thematic analysis was used to identify significant emerging themes from interviews, field notes and descriptions of patients' drawings. Also, Guillemin's proposal was used to analyse the contents of drawings. RESULTS: Nineteen patients with a mean age of 45.3 were recruited. Four main themes emerged: (1) Seeking a diagnosis, patients visit many doctors without receiving a clear answer and their diagnosis is delayed; (2) Self-medication-minimising pill intake, medication is ineffective, and therefore, some patients discontinue treatment, or are flexible with how they take medication; (3) Trying other non-pharmacological options, many patients turn to other therapies and complementary and/or alternative therapies as a second option, however these are ineffective and (4) Medical care, with two subthemes, referrals and lacking continuity of care, and building the doctor-patient relationship. Patients describe how the referral breaks the continuity of care, and how they identify the traits of a doctor who is approachable and which behaviours the doctor should avoid when caring for patients. CONCLUSIONS: An in-depth knowledge of the beliefs and expectations of patients with NDPH will allow the professional to establish a relationship of trust, which will improve the patients' knowledge of which therapies are the most appropriate, and to establish expectations based on the relationship with the doctor, and not only on patients' beliefs.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Relações Médico-Paciente , Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Assistência ao Paciente , Espanha
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Rev Neurol (Paris) ; 177(7): 725-733, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34340812

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The French Headache Society proposes updated French guidelines for the management of migraine. The first part of these recommendations is focused on the diagnosis and assessment of migraine. First, migraine needs to be precisely diagnosed according to the currently validated criteria of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3d version (ICHD-3). Migraine-related disability has to be assessed and we suggest to use the 6 questions of the headache impact test (HIT-6). Then, it is important to check for risk factors and comorbidities increasing the risk to develop chronic migraine, especially frequency of headaches, acute medication overuse and presence of depression. We suggest to use a migraine calendar and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale (HAD). It is also necessary to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of current migraine treatments and we suggest to systematically use the self-administered Migraine Treatment Optimization Questionnaire (M-TOQ) for acute migraine treatment. Finally, a treatment strategy and a follow-up plan have to be proposed. Guidelines for pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments are presented in the second and third part of the recommendations.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos de Enxaqueca , Adulto , Comorbidade , Cefaleia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/epidemiologia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/diagnóstico , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/epidemiologia , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/terapia , Inquéritos e Questionários
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Rev Neurol (Paris) ; 177(7): 773-778, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34366172

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Four episodic syndromes are recognized in the current version of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD): cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS); abdominal migraine; benign paroxysmal vertigo; benign paroxysmal torticollis. Previously called childhood periodic syndromes, they are thought to be early expressions of a migrainous spectrum. They usually occur in childhood or adolescence and some of these patients will develop migraine later in childhood or in adulthood. More rarely, some of these disorders, in particular CVS and abdominal migraine, can persist or even begin at adulthood. The concept of episodic syndromes associated with migraine in adults is relatively recent, recognized for the first time in the version III-beta of the ICHD (2013). It is important for the adult neurologist to recognize the clinical pattern of these disorders. Lack of knowledge of these disorders often leads to delayed diagnosis, and a large number of complementary tests. Treatments are often borrowed from migraine abortive and preventive treatments. This review summarizes the characteristics of episodic syndromes and is particularly focused on data in adults.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos de Enxaqueca , Adolescente , Adulto , Vertigem Posicional Paroxística Benigna , Humanos , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/complicações , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/diagnóstico , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/epidemiologia , Neurologistas , Síndrome
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34334295

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Pediatric headache impacts up to 80% of children, many recurrently, by the time they are 15 years old. Preventing the progression of episodic to chronic headache results in less truancy, staying current with schoolwork and improves children's quality of life. Lifestyle choices can play an important role in headache treatment. Early effective treatment of episodic headache can prevent transformation into a chronic form. While details of a child's headache are critical for making a proper diagnosis; patient education is critical and effective rescue and preventive treatment strategies enable patients to focus on enjoying activities of daily living. Recognizing "red flags" that may suggest a serious underlying etiology is critical in the early stages of diagnosing and preparing to treat children with headaches. Finally directing patients to manage their headaches at home and when to proceed to an emergency department, urgent care or infusion unit can lower the economic burden of acute headache management.


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Atividades Cotidianas , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Adolescente , Criança , Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Cefaleia/etiologia , Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Qualidade de Vida , Resultado do Tratamento
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Scand J Pain ; 21(2): 415-420, 2021 04 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34387963

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Electrode migration is a challenge, even with adequate anchoring techniques, due to the high mechanical stress on components of occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) for headache disorders. When a lead displacement of an ONS implant is diagnosed, there are currently different approaches described for its management. Nevertheless current neuromodulation devices are designed like a continuum of components without any intermediate connector, and if a lead displacement is diagnosed, the solution is the complete removal of the electrode from its placement, and its repositioning through an ex-novo procedure. The described technique can allow ONS leads to be revised while minimizing the need to reopen incisions over the IPG, thus improving patients' intraoperative and postoperative discomfort, shortening surgical time and medical costs, reasonably reducing the incidence of infective postoperative complications.


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Terapia por Estimulação Elétrica , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Nervos Periféricos
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 71, 2021 Jul 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34261435

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BACKGROUND: Primary headache disorders are common and burdensome conditions. They are associated to several comorbidities, such as cardiovascular or psychiatric ones, which, in turn, contribute to the global burden of headache. The aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive description of the pooled prevalence of comorbidities of primary headache disorders using a meta-analytical approach based on studies published between 2000 and 2020. METHODS: Scopus was searched for primary research (clinical and population studies) in which medical comorbidities were described in adults with primary headache disorders. Comorbidities were extracted using a taxonomy derived from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. We compared prevalence of comorbidities among headache sufferers against general population using GBD-2019 estimates, and compared comorbidities' proportions in clinical vs. population studies, and by age and gender. RESULTS: A total of 139 studies reporting information on 4.19 million subjects with primary headaches were included: in total 2.75 million comorbidities were reported (median per subject 0.64, interquartile range 0.32-1.07). The most frequently addressed comorbidities were: depressive disorders, addressed in 51 studies (pooled proportion 23 %, 95 % CI 20-26 %); hypertension, addressed in 48 studies (pooled proportion 24 %, 95 % CI 22-26 %); anxiety disorders addressed in 40 studies (pooled proportion 25 %, 95 % CI 22-28 %). For conditions such as anxiety, depression and back pain, prevalence among headache sufferers was higher than in GBD-2109 estimates. Associations with average age and female prevalence within studies showed that hypertension was more frequent in studies with higher age and less females, whereas fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and depressive disorders were more frequent in studies with younger age and more female. CONCLUSIONS: Some of the most relevant comorbidities of primary headache disorders - back pain, anxiety and depression, diabetes, ischemic heart disease and stroke - are among the most burdensome conditions, together with headache themselves, according to the GBD study. A joint treatment of headaches and of these comorbidities may positively impact on headache sufferers' health status and contribute to reduce the impact of a group of highly burdensome diseases.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia Primários , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Adulto , Ansiedade , Transtornos de Ansiedade/epidemiologia , Comorbidade , Estudos Transversais , Feminino , Transtornos da Cefaleia/epidemiologia , Humanos , Prevalência
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 73, 2021 Jul 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34273952

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BACKGROUND: Headache disorders are disabling and have a significant impact on productivity. The relationship between these two consequences is of considerable economic and political interest. We enquired into it through a systematic search of the English-language literature. METHODS: We followed PRISMA guidelines in specifying search terms and syntax and in article selection. We used the term "disability" in the search, accepting any meaning that authors attached to it, but this proved problematic. Accordingly, we adopted the definition used in the Global Burden of Disease study. In article selection, we included only those that purported to measure disability as so defined and lost productivity. We reviewed the full texts of those selected. We included further articles identified from review of the bibliographies of selected articles. RESULTS: The literature search found 598 studies, of which 21 warranted further review. Their bibliographies identified another four of possible relevance. On full-text reading of these 25, all were rejected. Ten applied incompatible definitions of disability and/or lost productivity. Two did not measure both. Four reported lost productivity but not disability. Eight studies reported and measured both but did not assess the association between them or provide the means of doing so. One was purely methodological. CONCLUSIONS: The literature is silent on the relationship between headache-attributed disability and lost productivity. In view of its health economic and political importance, empirical studies are required to remedy this. A prerequisite is to clarify what is meant by "disability" in this context.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia , Eficiência , Humanos
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 63, 2021 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34210258

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BACKGROUND: The first manuscript in this series delineated a model of structured headache services, potentially cost-effective but requiring formal cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). We envisaged a need for a new outcome measure for this purpose, applicable to all forms of treatment, care and care-delivery systems as opposed to comparisons of single-modality treatments. CONCEPTION AND DELINEATION: A literature review confirmed the lack of any suitable established measure. We prioritised construct validity, simplicity, comprehensiveness and expression in intuitive units. We noted that pain was the key burdensome symptom of migraine and episodic tension-type headache (TTH), that pain above a certain level was disabling, that it was difficult to put economic value to pain but relatively easy to do this for time, a casualty of headache leading to lost productivity. Alleviation of pain to a non-disabling level would be expected to bring restoration of function. We therefore based the measure on time spent in the ictal state (TIS) of migraine or TTH, either as total TIS or proportion of all time. We expressed impact on health, in units of time, as TIS*DW, where DW was the disability weight for the ictal state supplied by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) studies. If the time unit was hours, TIS*DW yielded hours lived with (or lost to) disability (HLDs), in analogy with GBD's years lived with disability (YLDs). UTILITY ASSESSMENT: Acute treatments would reduce TIS by shortening attack duration, preventative treatments by reducing attack frequency; health-care systems such as structured headache services would have these effects by delivering these treatments. These benefits were all measurable as HLDs-averted. Population-level estimates would be derived by factoring in prevalence, but also taking treatment coverage and adherence into account. For health-care systems, additional gains from provider-training (promoting adherence to guidelines and, therefore, enhancing coverage) and consumer-education (improving adherence to care plans), increasing numbers within populations gaining the benefits of treatments, would be measurable by the same metric. CONCLUSIONS: The new outcome measure expressed in intuitive units of time is applicable to treatments of all modalities and to system-level interventions for multiple headache types, with utility for CEA and for informing health policy.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia do Tipo Tensional , Carga Global da Doença , Cefaleia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Avaliação de Resultados em Cuidados de Saúde
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Neurol Sci ; 42(10): 3965-3968, 2021 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34264414

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BACKGROUND: The 2019 Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a novel respiratory virus which causes Coronavirus Disease19 (COVID-19). Although the predominant clinical picture of COVID-19 is represented by respiratory symptoms, neurological manifestations are being increasingly recognized. Headache, in particular migraine-like and tension types, has been largely reported in patients suffering from COVID-19 both in the acute and the healing phase of the infection. New daily persistent headache (NDPH) is a primary headache characterized by persistent and daily painful symptoms, with pain becoming continuous and non-remitting within 24 h, and lasting more than 3 months. Even though an increasing number of reports describe patients who develop a persistent headache, diagnosis of NPDH has been rarely explored in the context of COVID-19. METHODS: Two patients with persistent headache and Sars-CoV-2 infection were identified. Both underwent a full clinical and neuroradiological evaluation. Blood sample with inflammatory biomarkers search was also performed. RESULTS: According to International Classifications of Headache Disorders diagnosis of probable new daily persistent headache was made. The treatment with high doses of steroids was associated with relief of symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Our report described two cases of probable NDPH due to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Clinical evaluation of COVID-19 patients presenting with persistent headache should take into consideration NDPH. Given the supposed major role for neuroinflammation in the genesis of Sars-CoV-2-driven NDPH, immunomodulatory therapy should be promptly started. In line with this hypothesis, we obtained a good therapeutic response to short-term high dose of corticosteroids.


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COVID-19 , Transtornos da Cefaleia , Transtornos de Enxaqueca , Cefaleia/tratamento farmacológico , Cefaleia/etiologia , Transtornos da Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/tratamento farmacológico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/etiologia , Humanos , SARS-CoV-2
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J Headache Pain ; 22(1): 78, 2021 Jul 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34289806

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In countries where headache services exist at all, their focus is usually on specialist (tertiary) care. This is clinically and economically inappropriate: most headache disorders can effectively and more efficiently (and at lower cost) be treated in educationally supported primary care. At the same time, compartmentalizing divisions between primary, secondary and tertiary care in many health-care systems create multiple inefficiencies, confronting patients attempting to navigate these levels (the "patient journey") with perplexing obstacles.High demand for headache care, estimated here in a needs-assessment exercise, is the biggest of the challenges to reform. It is also the principal reason why reform is necessary.The structured headache services model presented here by experts from all world regions on behalf of the Global Campaign against Headache is the suggested health-care solution to headache. It develops and refines previous proposals, responding to the challenge of high demand by basing headache services in primary care, with two supporting arguments. First, only primary care can deliver headache services equitably to the large numbers of people needing it. Second, with educational supports, they can do so effectively to most of these people. The model calls for vertical integration between care levels (primary, secondary and tertiary), and protection of the more advanced levels for the minority of patients who need them. At the same time, it is amenable to horizontal integration with other care services. It is adaptable according to the broader national or regional health services in which headache services should be embedded.It is, according to evidence and argument presented, an efficient and cost-effective model, but these are claims to be tested in formal economic analyses.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cefaleia , Atenção à Saúde , Cefaleia/terapia , Humanos , Atenção Primária à Saúde
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Headache ; 61(7): 1123-1131, 2021 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34309828

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OBJECTIVE: To assess telehealth practice for headache visits in the United States. BACKGROUND: The rapid roll out of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted headache specialists. METHODS: American Headache Society (AHS) members were emailed an anonymous survey (9/9/20-10/12/20) to complete if they had logged ≥2 months or 50+ headache visits via telehealth. RESULTS: Out of 1348 members, 225 (16.7%) responded. Most were female (59.8%; 113/189). Median age was 47 (interquartile range [IQR] 37-57) (N = 154). The majority were MD/DOs (83.7%; 159/190) or NP/PAs (14.7%; 28/190), and most (65.1%; 123/189) were in academia. Years in practice were 0-3: 28; 4-10: 58; 11-20: 42; 20+: 61. Median number of telehealth visits was 120 (IQR 77.5-250) in the prior 3 months. Respondents were "comfortable/very comfortable" treating via telehealth (a) new patient with a chief complaint of headache (median, IQR 4 [3-5]); (b) follow-up for migraine (median, IQR 5 [5-5]); (c) follow-up for secondary headache (median, IQR 4 [3-4]). About half (51.1%; 97/190) offer urgent telehealth. Beyond being unable to perform procedures, top barriers were conducting parts of the neurologic exam (157/189), absence of vital signs (117/189), and socioeconomic/technologic barriers (91/189). Top positive attributes were patient convenience (185/190), reducing patient travel stress (172/190), patient cost reduction (151/190), flexibility with personal matters (128/190), patient comfort at home (114/190), and patient medications nearby (103/190). Only 21.3% (33/155) of providers said telehealth visit length differed from in-person visits, and 55.3% (105/190) believe that the no-show rate improved. On a 1-5 Likert scale, providers were "interested"/"very interested" in digitally prescribing headache apps (median 4, IQR 3-5) and "interested"/"very interested" in remotely monitoring patient symptoms (median 4, IQR 3-5). CONCLUSIONS: Respondents were comfortable treating patients with migraine via telehealth. They note positive attributes for patients and how access may be improved. Technology innovations (remote vital signs, digitally prescribing headache apps) and remote symptom monitoring are areas of interest and warrant future research.


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Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde , Transtornos da Cefaleia/diagnóstico , Transtornos da Cefaleia/terapia , Médicos/estatística & dados numéricos , Telemedicina/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Transtornos de Enxaqueca/diagnóstico , Sociedades Médicas/estatística & dados numéricos , Estados Unidos
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Acta Neurochir (Wien) ; 163(9): 2425-2433, 2021 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34195861

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BACKGROUND: Compression of the greater occipital nerve (GON) may contribute to chronic headache, neck pain, and migraine in a subset of patients. We aimed to evaluate whether GON decompression could reduce pain and improve quality of life in patients with occipital neuralgia and chronic headache and neck pain. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, selected patients with neck pain and headache referred to a single neurosurgical center were analyzed. Patients (n = 22) with suspected GON neuralgia based on nerve block or clinical criteria were included. All patients presented with occipital pain spreading frontally and to the neck in various degree. Surgical decompression was performed under local anesthesia. Follow-up was made by an assessor not involved in the treatment of the patients, by telephone 2-5 years after the surgical procedure and an interview protocol was used to collect information. The data from the follow-up protocols were then analyzed and reported. RESULTS: When analyzing the follow-up protocols, decreased headache/migraine was reported in 77% and neck pain was reduced in 55% of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: Decompression of GON(s) may reduce neck pain and headache in selected patients with persistent headache, neck pain, and clinical signs of GON neuralgia. Based on the limitations of the present retrospective study, the results should be considered with caution.


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Transtornos da Cefaleia , Cervicalgia , Descompressão , Transtornos da Cefaleia/cirurgia , Humanos , Cervicalgia/cirurgia , Qualidade de Vida , Estudos Retrospectivos , Nervos Espinhais , Resultado do Tratamento
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