Identifying and managing acute migraine attacks in adults

Bates, Paul (2018) Identifying and managing acute migraine attacks in adults. British Journal of Nursing, 27 (18). pp. 1044-1046. ISSN 0966-0461

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Migraines are a complex neurological condition that not only produce an intense throbbing headache but symptoms can also include nausea and vomiting, visual disturbances (aura) and altered limb sensations (Migraine Action 2018). These headaches are the third most common disease in the world and have an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (Steiner et al 2013). The estimated cost to the U.K. is £4.8 billion per year in lost production and Health Service usage (McCrone et al 2011). Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of headaches/migraines are available from The British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH) (MaCregor et al 2010), but nurses need to be made more aware of this disorders impact and how it can be managed. This article is designed to help familiarise the nurse with the diagnostic criteria for migraines and highlight some preventative measures and the treatments available for acute attacks. The registrant will then be empowered to increase public health awareness, offer advice and if trained to do so, prescribe effectively.

Keywords:Migraine, Migraine-with-aura, headache, nursing, clinical diagnosis
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B740 Adult Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B770 Medical Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:34035
Deposited On:07 Nov 2018 12:20

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