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Neurological Sciences

, Volume 33, Supplement 1, pp 181–183 | Cite as

SPARTACUS: underdiagnosis of chronic daily headache in primary care

  • G. Giannini
  • V. Favoni
  • S. Bauleo
  • T. Ferrante
  • G. Pierangeli
  • F. Albani
  • M. L. Bacchi Reggiani
  • A. Baruzzi
  • P. Cortelli
  • S. CevoliEmail author
Oral Communications

Abstract

Despite the burden of chronic daily headache (CDH), general practitioners’ (GPs) ability to recognize it is unknown. This work is a sub-study of a population-based study investigating GPs’ knowledge on their CDH patients. Patients diagnosed with CDH through the screening questionnaire were interviewed by their GPs who indicated if subjects were known as patients suffering from CDH with medication overuse (MO), CDH without MO, episodic headache (EH) or non-headache sufferers. Our study showed that 64.37  % of CDH sufferers are misdiagnosed by their GPs. However, overusers are better known to GPs.

Keywords

Underdiagnosis General practitioners Migraine Chronic daily headache 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by Programma di Ricerca Regione-Università 2007-2009 Emilia-Romagna.

Conflict of interest

The authors certify that there is no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Giannini
    • 1
  • V. Favoni
    • 1
  • S. Bauleo
    • 1
  • T. Ferrante
    • 2
  • G. Pierangeli
    • 1
  • F. Albani
    • 1
  • M. L. Bacchi Reggiani
    • 3
  • A. Baruzzi
    • 1
  • P. Cortelli
    • 1
  • S. Cevoli
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences of BolognaUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Neuroscience, Headache CentreUniversity of ParmaParmaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Cardiology, S. Orsola-Malpighi HospitalUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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