Timed for the launch of NHAW, the NHF is launching “Headache U: It’s all about YOU,” the first headache and Migraine education program of its kind designed to help people with headache disorders take important steps toward getting relief. The program is offered beginning today on the NHF website at www.headaches.org.
Roger Cady, M.D., vice president of the NHF board of directors, and director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Missouri, says,
“No one has the same combination of headache pain, frequency, impairment or triggers. So, the approach to headache care needs to be as personal as the headaches. The sufferer needs to get involved in charting a course to relief based upon an understanding of their own personal headache patterns, and getting connected with helpful, sometimes life-changing resources.”
Headache U is a new education portal on the NHF website. Developed under the guidance of an advisory panel of both physicians who specialize in headache and Migraine care, and people with headache disorders, Headache U will contain a series of patient education resources and tools. The first tool introduced today is “Chart Your Course to Headache Relief: a personal headache care tool,” which asks people with headache disorders questions about their experiences, and based upon the information given, guides them toward resources that are relevant to their needs.
For example, those people with headache who indicate they can’t afford headache or Migraine care are offered tips on how to have a financial discussion with their healthcare provider, and information on alternative therapies. People who say they have difficulty discussing their headaches and Migraines, are offered tips for understanding and communicating their symptoms and the impact headache or Migraine disease is having on their lives.
Suzanne Simons, executive director for the NHF comments on the value of this new tool,
“Sometimes websites can contain an overwhelming amount of information. This tool quickly gets people to the information that should be helpful specifically to them.”