Migraine Term of the Day: Efficacy
When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Efficacy .
Efficacy is the ability of a medication or treatment to produce the desired results.
We sometimes discuss efficacy when discussing Migraine treatments and clinical trials. One of the goals of many clinical trials is to test the efficacy of new medications and other treatments..
You can read more about the efficacy of Migraine treatments and find listings of clinical trials in:
For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary .
Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.