Education Tools - Migraine


In an ongoing effort to provide AANP members with up-to-date and effective resources to improve healthcare practice in the management of migraine, AANP, in collaboration with educational partner Opus Science, has developed a series of educational tools for patients in neurology and primary care settings. These migraine resources were developed through support of an educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

Based on direction from nurse practitioners who specialize in managing patients with both acute and chronic migraine, the resources were developed and designed to assist you in initiating dialogue with your patients and to provide an educational resource that you can use in your discussions. A group of AANP member nurse practitioners piloted the resources in their practices and had the option to completed a survey on the effectiveness of these tools. The survey revealed overwhelming positive results in patients reading the tri-fold tent in the waiting room, initiating the conversation about migraine during their office visit, and identifying those who needed further evaluation of headache symptoms. The NP providers favored the resources as an effective tool for explaining simple mechanisms of migraine development, for tracking migraine occurrence and providing migraine action plans.

The three resources posted are to be used in conjunction with each other. One resource is a tri-fold table tent that can be placed in your waiting room to prompt patients to ask self-reflective questions about their current headache experience. This table-top resource also includes basic information for patients about triggers and management of migraine. It is recommended that this resource be printed with a color printer using paper thick enough to be folded into three sections, taped together, and placed upright on a table or counter.

The other two resources are 8.5"x11" patient education sheets for your exam rooms that include further information about common triggers for migraine, a migraine management and rescue plan, and headache diaries that you can send home with patients to help them track their migraines. It is also recommended that these resources be copied from a color printer but regular copying paper can be used for these documents.