Headache Management Could be Improved, Say Researchers
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Headache Management Could be Improved, Say Researchers

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 12 Jan 2015 - 09:54

Millions of individuals visit their doctors every year complaining of headaches. This has also been linked to a reduction in productivity and an elevation in the costs of its management not only for the individual but also for the organizations where they are employed.

Now, a new study has revealed that this cost could be reduced and headache could be managed better if physicians focused on carrying out fewer tests and pay importance to counselling and lifestyle changes as a part of headache management.

The study included the assessment of over 9000 physician visits for headaches, and the results surprisingly revealed that doctors focused on referring specialists, carrying out advanced imaging tests and other methods as opposed to simply talking to their patients about the possible causes and triggers of their headaches.

"I was particularly alarmed about the overall trend of more imaging tests, medications, and referrals alongside less counselling," JohnMafi, lead author of the study, explained. "These findings seem to reflect a larger trend in the US healthcare system beyond just headache: over-hurried doctors seem to be spending less time connecting with their patients and more time ordering tests and treatments.

More and more doctors were found to try out advanced imaging techniques such as CT scans and MRIs for the purpose of detection of the cause of headaches as opposed to trying out much simpler and cost effective measures.

This could not just significantly increase the costs of healthcare for patients, but also increase anxiety associated with these detection procedures.

 

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