Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Migraine is a very common, incapacitating, condition affecting many Americans. It is estimated that 18% of women and 7% of men suffer from these disabling headaches in the United States (Skomo, Desselle, & Berdine, 2006). Although there are a wide variety of effective pharmacologic and nonhematologic therapies for the treatment of migraine, much of the literature suggests current treatment of migraine and other chronic headache disorders is suboptimal (Harpole et al., 2003

Effective management of chronic migraine headaches requires a skilled clinician and an individualized treatment plan (Harpole et al., 2003). The task of developing an individualized treatment plan has been simplified through the emergence of evidence-based treatment strategies. However, effective implementation of this treatment plan can be extremely difficult, requiring a high level of patient understanding, which can only be achieved if the patient has been educated on their diagnosis, treatment strategies, and overall management plan. The clinical setting has many barriers preventing optimal treatment of migraines such that clinicians may not have the time or the educational materials to teach patients about the diagnosis of migraine.

Effective patient education is necessary to achieve optimal migraine management. Although difficult to accomplish in the busy clinic setting, studies show that priority needs to be given to patient education in order to meet the needs of migraineurs seeking treatment. The purpose of this project is to develop a patient-friendly educational brochure on the treatment and prophylaxis of migraines to be utilized as an educational tool during office visits with migraine patients. This brochure will help facilitate a discussion about important treatment and prevention techniques and provides an opportunity for patients to verbalize any questions or concerns. The brochure assists in ensuring that patients receive the education needed to better understand their individualized treatment plan for migraine management and increase satisfaction with their care