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Chronic Migraine in Primary Care

Recorded in April 2018

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People with chronic migraine represent the more severe end of the migraine clinical spectrum, and generally have more disability than individuals with episodic migraine. By definition, people with chronic migraine have at least 15 days with ​headache a month, and at least 8 of these days are actual migraine attacks. Chronic migraine is common, with at least 1 percent of the general population suffering from chronic migraine.  As a result, it is important that primary care providers are able to diagnose chronic migraine, and initiate therapy, even if specialist help is ultimately required. Well informed primary care physicians may be able to provide all the necessary care for less refractory patients with chronic migraine.  

You will learn:

  • The diagnosis of chronic migraine.
  • The diagnosis of medication overuse headache.
  • The management of chronic migraine​

Werner Becker, MD, FRCPC​

Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary

Dr. Becker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  He received his MD degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and did his neurology training at McGill University in Montreal.
 He is a past president of the Canadian Headache Society, and has served on the boards of the American Headache Society and the International Headache Society. Dr. Becker founded the Calgary Headache Assessment and Management Program (CHAMP), a multidisciplinary headache management program, in Calgary in 2003.  He was awarded the John R. Graham Award for research and education in the field of headache by the American Headache Society in 2011, and the Alberta Medical Association Medal for Distinguished service in 2013.
Dr. Becker has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and was senior author on two national Canadian migraine treatment guidelines. 

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