Four well known and respected professionals in the Migraine and headache field —Dr. Roger Cady, Dr. Richard Lipton, Dr. Kathleen Farmer, and Dr. Marcelo Bigal — have teamed up to bring us a pair of books meant to "improve the quality of communication between healthcare professionals and their patients."2
"Managing Migraine: A Healthcare Professional's Guide to Collaborative Migraine Care," is a compact, 100-page, soft-cover book for healthcare professionals. Its seven chapters and two appendices walk healthcare professionals through the essentials of communicating with their patients who have Migraine disease, teaching them, motivating them, and achieving collaborative Migraine care that is more satisfying both to the practitioner and the patient and indeed produces better outcomes:
1. Understanding Migraine and the Migraine Patient
2. Diagnosis of the Patient with Migraine
3. Assessing the Patient with Migraine Initial Visit
4. Continuity of Care follow-Up Visits and Assessment Tools
5. Medications for Migraine
6. Teaching Your Patients to Manage Their Migraines
7. Motivating the Migraine Patient: Medical Communication Skills
A1. Useful Tools for Follow-Up
A2. Learning Early Intervention
Strengths of "Managing Migraine: A Healthcare Professional's Guide to Collaborative Migraine Care:"
• Written by doctors for doctors.
• Written by doctors who are very well qualified to address this topic.
• Concise and direct.
• Suggested reading at the end of each chapter.
• Bibliography is broken down by chapter, allowing additional reading if wanted.
• Teaching points are broken out into boxes for easy review.
• The tools for follow-up in Appendix 1 are excellent and can be edited to be used at both the initial visit and follow-ups.
• Learning Early Intervention, Appendix 2, is an emerging topic now, and this section should prove quite helpful.
• Great learning tools. Example: on page 75, there's an illustration to help remember symptoms of the prodrome, with a symptom assigned to each letter of the word Migraine: