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Treatment of Migraine and Other Headache Disorders (online course)

The treatment of headache needs to be individualised for each patient due to the heterogeneity of attacks (especially migraine), the different needs of each patient’s lifestyle and the wide variety of available therapies, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological.

The content of the course has been chosen and structured to develop your understanding of some of the treatment methods available for headache disorders. The course will detail the main medications commonly used and will introduce you to alternative forms of treatment such as biofeedback and manual therapy.

You will study pharmacologic interventions for headache and learn that they are divided into two major groups: acute and preventive. Acute medications are utilized to reverse the attack of headache once it has started, to relieve pain, and to restore function. Preventive medications are taken on a daily basis, whether or not headache is present, to prevent future attacks or to reduce the frequency of attacks. In other words, acute medications alter individual attacks of headache while preventive medications change the pattern of headache. Everyone with headache seeking care needs some form of acute treatment. For patients with severe or frequent headache, both acute and preventive treatments are often used in concert..

The course is fully online and runs for five weeks. For a full description, please visit the website.


Learning outcomes:   

  • Identify if a patient should be receiving preventative treatments in conjunction with acute forms of treatment and offer a managemtn plan tailored to the patient
  • Be able to recognise if the patient has been provided with an appropriate treatment plan to match their headache condition and offer meaningful intervention if this is not the case
  • Be able to advise the patient if he/she is taking the treatments properly and recognise that pharmacologic therapy is not the only form of treatment available. Be able to plan and recommend alternative and complemetray treatments
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Organiser name: 
Dr Christopher McKenzie
Organiser telephone: 
0131 242 6130
Organiser email:


Where & When

30 Oct 2017 - 5 Dec 2017
Online learning – no need to come to Edinburgh
49 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh EH16 4SB
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