BPNA distance learning unit 12 - Headache

Headache in all its forms represents the commonest neurological condition experienced by children and young people. Reduction in quality of life can be significant but many patients fail to get adequate help for this problem. This unit from the British Paediatric Neurology Association will equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate your way between the many primary and secondary headache types, and show you how to manage them effectively.

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You will learn about the neurobiology of headaches, how you can classify them using clinical assessment, and when and how to investigate them further. You will focus on different types of common primary and secondary headaches such as migraine, tension-type headache, chronic daily headache, shunt-related headache and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. There is material on how to frame discussion with patients and their families, followed by a section on how to treat and prevent headaches. Finally, use the ‘headache clinic’ section to test out and reinforce what you have learned.

  • Section 1 – Headache: Clinical Evaluation and Classification
  • Section 2 – Primary Headache Disorders: Pathophysiology
  • Section 3 – Headache Interventions: pharmacological and non-pharmacological
  • Section 4 – Primary Headache Disorders
  • Section 5 – Secondary Headache Disorders
  • Section 6 – Headache Clinic