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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 39, Issue 12, pp 2223–2224 | Cite as

Is a digital platform useful in headache training? A 4-year Italian experience

  • Vincenzo Raieli
  • Carmela Loiacono
  • Luca Maria Messina
  • Edvige Correnti
  • Filippo Brighina
Letter to the Editor
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Introduction

It is very important for specialists to have an adequate training for the management of headaches, considering the burden of this disease that has been underestimated for its impact and for the difficulty of its treatment; in fact epidemiological, clinical, and treatment data suggest that its management is far from being optimal [1]. The increasing development of digital instruments (digital platforms, web sites, social networks, etc.) seems to be a great help, but is it really true? Our recent study has pointed out that, after 2 years of experience, a digital platform, even if free and easy to use, does not stimulate the active management of headaches; the study has also shown that there is no difference in its use between headache specialists and other specialists [2]. Considering the great development of these instruments and the common opinion about their utility and importance, we were surprised by these results. Some possible explanations may be (1) unlike the...

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ARNAS Civico PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Child Neuropsychiatry SchoolUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Clinical NeurosciencesUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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