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Headache in Medical Education: Medical School,
Neurology and Family Practice Residencies
Gallagher RM, Alam R, Shah S, Mueller L, Rogers J.
Posted: December 2005
Objective: To explore the extent of
headache education received by medical students and residents.
Background: Headache is a common, often severe,
and sometimes disabling problem. However, 49% of sufferers do
not seek professional treatment -- of those who do, only 28% are
very satisfied. One possible reason is limited education of
physicians about headache.
Methods: Surveys were sent to all allopathic
and osteopathic medical schools, 200 family medicine residencies,
and all 126 neurology residencies. Information requested included
the amount and perceived adequacy of headache education and any
plans to increase headache education.
Conclusion: Undergraduate medical education in
headache is limited. Despite medical schools perceiving their
training as adequate, both neurology and family practice residency
program directors believe entering residents are inadequately
prepared in headache upon entering the program.