CE: Diagnosing and Managing Migraine

Allene Goetz, Samantha McCormick, Rosemary Phillips, Deborah Friedman

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Roughly 90% of the U.S. population will develop a headache within their lifetime, and headache disorders account for more disability-adjusted life-years than all other neurologic disorders combined. Among primary headache disorders, the two most common are tension-type headache and migraine, with migraine identified as the most disabling. Here, the authors describe the importance of differentiating primary and secondary headache disorders and discuss the pathophysiology; clinical assessment; and outpatient management of the debilitating migraine headache, summarizing both acute and prophylactic treatment strategies that can substantially reduce associated disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-43
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • headache
  • migraine
  • neurologic disorder
  • primary headache
  • secondary headache
  • tension-type headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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