When a patient comes with headache, where do you begin and how do you help them? Do not worry! This program will provide you with the clinical knowledge necessary for tackling the most challenging migraine management issues in your practice. The program consists of three modules that provide insights on patient assessment, acute migraines treatment and prophylaxis therapy options, inlcuding patient cases to help you to apply the knowledge to your practice.
This program consists of three online modules, a final exam and an evaluation.
- Module 1: Headache - Patient Assessment (0.75 hr)
- Module 2: Treatment of Acute Migraine (0.75 hr)
- Module 3: Prophylaxis Therapy for Migraine (1 hr)
- Declaration of Completion of Online Modules
- Final Multiple-Choice Exam (0.5 hr)
- Program Evaluation
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Number of Continuing Education Units
Accreditation Expiry Date
February 22, 2020
You must complete the course one day before its expiry date; after which access will be removed.
- Online, didactic learning modules
- Case study analysis and discussion
Multiple choice assessment
The development of this program was made possible through an unrestricted sponsorship grant from Novartis
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the factors needing consideration when assessing a patient who presents with headache.
- Outline the goals, dosing, safety and effectiveness of specific and non-specific treatments for acute migraine.
- Outline the goals and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options for prophylaxis of migraines.
Module 1: Headache—Patient Assessment
- Explain the incidence and prevalence of migraine, tension-type and medication overuse headaches.
- Describe how to assess various headache disorders: migraine, tension-type headache, and medication overuse by: definition, risk factors, clinical presentation and diagnostic criteria.
- Identify the specific type of migraine based on clinical presentation: migraine without aura, migraine with aura, chronic migraine and medication-overuse headache.
- Discuss the pharmacist’s role in identifying red flags for serious headache and screening and referral for headaches.
Module 2: Treatment of Acute Migraines
- Describe the goals treatment therapy for acute migraine attacks.
- Describe treatment for acute migraine.
- Discuss both specific and non-specific treatments.
- Review Step and Stratified Care approaches to the treatments.
- Monitor therapy in terms of effectiveness, degree of change and time frame.
- Adjust drug treatment based on patient response.
Module 3: Prophylaxis Therapy for Migraines
- Identify when prophylactic treatment of migraine is required.
- Describe the goals of prophylaxis therapy.
- Describe pharmacologic option for migraines prevention.
- Review non-pharmacologic options for migraines treatments.
To receive a letter of completion for this program, participants must complete the following requirements before the day preceding the course expiry date:
- Complete the program’s online modules. Instructions will be emailed after registration.
- Complete the multiple-choice exam, achieving a score of 70 per cent orhigher within a maximum two attempts.
- Complete a program evaluation.
Prerequisites and Target Audience
This course has no prerequisites. Pharmacists and pharmacy students would find this learning useful. Pharmacy technicians are also welcome to enroll in the program.
Subject Matter Experts:
- Tejal Patel, RPh, Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy (BScPhm, PharmD)
- Karen Ng, RPh, ACPR (BScPhm, PharmD)
- Jamie Yuen, RPh, BCGP (BScPhm)
Last updated: November 22, 2018
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