Facilitating communication with patients for improved migraine outcomes

Dawn C. Buse, Richard B. Lipton

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Abstract

Effective communication is integral to good medical care. Medical professional groups, regulatory agencies, educators, researchers, and patients recognize its importance. Quality of medical communication is directly related to patient satisfaction, improvement in medication adherence, treatment compliance, other outcomes, decreased risk of malpractice, and increase in health care providers' levels of satisfaction. However, skill level and training remain problematic in this area. Fortunately, research has shown that medical communication skills can be successfully taught and acquired, and that improvement in communication skills improves outcomes. The American Migraine Communication Studies I and II evaluated the current state of health care provider-patient communication in headache care and tested a simple educational intervention. They found problematic issues but demonstrated that these areas could be improved. We review theoretical models of effective communication and discuss strategies for improving communication, including active listening, interviewing strategies, and methods for gathering information about headache-related impairment, mood, and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-236
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Pain and Headache Reports
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

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Migraine Disorders
Communication
Health Personnel
Headache
Medication Adherence
Malpractice
Patient Satisfaction
Theoretical Models
Quality of Life
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Facilitating communication with patients for improved migraine outcomes. / Buse, Dawn C.; Lipton, Richard B.

In: Current Pain and Headache Reports, Vol. 12, No. 3, 06.2008, p. 230-236.

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