Teens and Young Children Not Getting Optimal Care for Migraine Pain
SAYS NEW STUDY
Five of Every Six Kids in the U.S. Receive No Medication Prescription at All,
But When They Do, Girls More Likely To Get the Right Prescription
WASHINGTON DC, June 17, 2015 – Too many children suffering with migraines are not getting any medication for their pain and too few are receiving care consistent with evidence_based guidelines, according to a new retrospective study of nearly 40,000 American children age six to 17. The study was presented this week at the 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society.
as some non_steroidal anti_inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and certain analgesic medications.
The retrospective, observational study used Epic Electronic Health Record derived data to identify children and teens ages 6_17 with primary migraine and headache. These young people presented for care across four states in metropolitan and non_metropolitan areas to either primary care, specialty care, or Emergency Department/Urgent Care (ED/UC). The study found that providers in metropolitan areas were less likely to prescribe evidence_based medications and those in an EDs/UCs were less likely to prescribe any pain medication.
The American Headache Society Annual Scientific Meeting draws about 1,000 headache and migraine researchers and treatment specialists from around the world to hear the latest scientific and clinical information on headache and migraine. This program is four days of teaching and scientific presentations.
The American Headache Society (AHS) is a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. The Society’s objectives are to promote the exchange of information and ideas concerning the causes and treatments of headache and related painful disorders. Educating physicians, health professionals and the public and encouraging scientific research are the primary functions of this organization. AHS activities include an annual scientific meeting, a comprehensive headache symposium, regional symposia for
neurologists and family practice physicians, and publication of the journal Headache.