Managing Migraine: A Healthcare Professional's Guide to Collaborative Migraine Care

Patient Expert

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
  1. Diagnosis of the Patient with Migraine
  1. Assessing the Patient with Migraine Initial Visit
  1. Continuity of Care follow-Up Visits and Assessment Tools
  1. Medications for Migraine
  1. Teaching Your Patients to Manage Their Migraines
  1. 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:

Comments to you from two of the authors:

Our reason for writing these books was to improve the quality of communication between healthcare professionals and their patients. The primary premise in these books is that migraine is a chronic condition with the potential to evolve into a chronic disease. Hence there is a need to for healthcare providers and migraine sufferers to learn from one another. The foundation for this type of collaborative care is communication. These books underscore that while healthcare professionals may be experts on the subject of migraine, it is the person living with migraine who is the expert on her own experience. We believe that improved therapeutic outcomes from care occur when there is collaboration and meaningful communication between healthcare providers and migraine sufferers. ~ Dr. Roger Cady

In writing these two books, one for health care professionals and the other for headache sufferers and their families, we hoped to bridge the communication gap separating these groups. We hoped to create a common language and understanding that would provide a foundation for better diagnosis and treatment. The books have parallel structures and address similar ideas to different audiences. ~ Dr. Richard Lipton

Summary and comments:

It isn't often that four experts collaborate on a book. Doctors and patients alike are fortunate that these authors did. For the doctor who has not had the time to extensively research Migraine, but would like to be better equipped to help the Migraineurs in his or her practice, this book will be quite valuable. Combined with "Managing Migraine: A Patient's Guide to Successful Migraine Care" in the patients' hands, the combination will be priceless.

For patients: If you're working with a doctor you like, and that doctor wants to treat you, but is at a loss as to how, this book could be a great tool for both of you. This book -- and the companion book for patients, "Managing Migraine: A Patient's Guide to Successful Migraine Care" -- are books I wish had been available ten years ago when I was desperately seeking help.

Ranking: 5 stars out of 5 possible. Retail price: $19.95

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Sources:

1 Cady, Roger K., MD; Lipton, Richard B., MD; Farmer, Kathleen, PhD; Bigal, Marcelo E., MD, PhD. "Managing Migraine: A Healthcare Professional's Guide to Collaborative Migraine Care." Baxter Publishing. Hamilton, Ontario. 2008.

2 Interview with Dr. Roger K. Cady. Teri Robert. August 16, 2009.

3 Interview with Dr. Richard B. Lipton. Teri Robert. August 14, 2009.