Diagnostic Aids

Diagnosis worldwide should be based on the most recent edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (currently ICHD-3 beta). However, to be useful in primary care, this needs simplification and reduction to essentials.

Lifting The Burden has produced a core cut-down version of ICHD-II. This is being updated to ICHD-3 beta. Region-specific variations may be needed for use around the world.

Click here to view the pdf file Diagnostic criteria for headache disorders in primary care.

Click here to view the pdf file Diagnostic criteria for headache disorders in primary care (short-form).

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Lifting The Burden is also formulating diagnostic algorithms.

Diagnostic algorithms would be unnecessary if educational initiatives were successful and reached primary-care physicians everywhere, but this will never be achieved.

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PDF icon Diagnostic criteria for headache disorders in primary care (ICHD-IIR1_LTBcorediagnoses_.pdf | 143 kB)