Educating Health-care Providers



"Healthcare providers need better knowledge of how to diagnose and treat the small number of headache disorders that are of public-health importance. This better knowledge will improve usage of available treatments, produce better outcomes, avoid wastage and reduce overall costs.

"Among proposals for change, better professional education ranks far above all others."

World Health Organization (2011)


Specialist education initiatives should be developed by the International Headache Society and other specialist societies. These should not generally be within the scope of the Global Campaign.

Health-care providers enrolled in interventional programmes as part of Campaign objective 3 will mostly be in primary care. As a means of delivering education to them, training-the-trainers programmes have an obvious role.

Other modes of professional training in primary care are being explored, not forgetting that the internet, especially via smart-phone, is able to reach doctors in most countries of the world at relatively low cost.

Basic curriculum

The areas of required knowledge in primary care must be defined, and set out in a curriculum of basic essentials.

Educational and clinical management support materials

Educational and other materials need then to be created to support interventional programmes as part of Campaign objective 3.

In due course, this website will carry a full range of educational and clinical management support materials.

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The Handbook of Headache

A major reference text (electronic and print), The Handbook of Headache, was published during 2011, aimed at non-specialists. It involved authors and reviewers from all over the world to ensure cross-cultural relevance as far as possible.

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Evaluating education

It should not be assumed that education of primary-care physicians achieves its objectives of improving health care for people with headache.

A project in Estonia is implementing an educational initiative aimed at local general practitioners, assessing its effects in terms of diagnoses made, investigations ordered, treatments initiated and referrals to specialist care, and applying the service-quality indicators developed by Lifting The Burden.

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Educating the public
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