Background.—While adult headache patients’ satisfaction with treatments has been widely investigated, less attention hasbeen paid to children and adolescent headache patients’ opinions and their parents’ views.Objective.—The aim of our follow-up survey was to analyze the outcomes of the Headache Centre’s intervention and theevolution of headache according to patients until the age of 16 and their parents.Methods.—We studied all outpatients suffering from episodic primary headache according to International Classificationof Headache Disorders 2nd edition criteria, seen for the first time in 2005-2006 at the Headache Centre of the UniversityHospital of Modena (Italy), and at least one of their parents. The duration of the follow-up ranged from 1 to 3 years. For thepurpose of the study, a specific questionnaire was created and administered by a telephone interview.Results.—We enrolled 84 patients (38 females, 45%; 46 males, 55%; mean age SD: 12.9 2.9 years) with primaryheadache: migraine without aura 66%, episodic tension-type headache 23%, migraine with aura 11%. At the follow-up, 70% ofthe patients reported that headache had improved; frequency had decreased significantly more than severity (P = .000, Fisher’sexact test), both in those who had followed a prophylactic treatment and in those who had not.Ahigh percentage of the childrenand parents could precisely indicate trigger factors for headache: especially excessive worrying and studying. The patientsreporting an improvement attributed it to pharmacological prophylactic treatment, but also to other factors: first of all, betterschool results and more happiness than before. Seventy-seven percent of the parents thought that the Headache Centre’sintervention had helped them to better understand and manage their children’s headache.Conclusions.—Children’s and adolescents’ headache has in most cases a favorable prognosis; the Headache Centre’sintervention is considered effective by most parents. We must increase and focus therapeutic efforts addressed to the fewpatients with worsening headaches in spite of treatment, since these children’s/adolescents’ headache also is at risk to progressin the adult age.
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|Anno di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Titolo:||How children and parents evaluate the headache centre's intervention.|
|Autori:||A. Ferrari; F. Pileri; L. Spaccapelo; M. Zappaterra; C. Ruggerini; R. Tacchi; A. Bertolini|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1526-4610.2008.01325.x.|
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