5. Education Is Key
While he was working at the University of South Alabama, Rothrock and colleagues there conducted a study to determine whether adding patient education to regular medical management could help migraine sufferers. One hundred clinic patients received either standard treatment or standard treatment plus a three-class course in migraine causes and management. After six months, the patients who took the classes reported fewer and less painful headaches, used less medication, and made fewer unscheduled visits for acute headache treatment than their peers who received standard treatment alone. “At least from these results, it appears that migraine patients benefit greatly from being educated about their disorder,” Rothrock says.
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