Patient-Centred Care in Headaches

  • Christian LamplEmail author
  • Elisabeth Bräutigam
Part of the Headache book series (HEAD)


Headache disorders are of global public health, still under-diagnosed and mostly undertreated. Individualized health care for headache sufferers are rare, although headache disorders account for more disability-adjusted life years than all other neurological disorders combined. While a wide range of effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies are available for treatment and prevention of headaches, current treatment especially of chronic headache is frequently suboptimal, and patient-centred care (PCC) seems to be a promising avenue for headache management. In order to improve understanding of how caregivers could use PCC more effectively in headache patients, headache researchers need rigorous methods to capture the different components of this approach. This manuscript focuses on individualized patient needs and education, including the need for an accurate headache diagnosis, appropriate treatment options, information about placebo and nocebo effects, and trigger and lifestyle factors to reach the main goal: to increase patient’s knowledge and understanding about the disease and show skills to independently manage their headache.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Headache Medical Center, Ordensklinikum LinzBarmherzige SchwesternLinzAustria

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