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Doctors, Patients Recall Visit Differently

From UPI Health News (Business) (April 22, 2011)

A U.S. survey of migraine sufferers and doctors who treat them indicates disparities between what each reports typically occurs during office visits.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive for the National Headache Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline, indicates one reason for this information gap may be that migraines are often addressed as part of a larger health discussion instead of specifically.

Patients say they saw their primary physician an average of six times in the past year, but 70 percent of these visits were related to other health conditions; 63 percent of patients reported migraines were discussed on visits where migraine was not the primary reason for the visit.

Addition findings on the communication gap between patients and physicians include:

-- 78 percent of physicians say they typically discuss the timing of when patients take medication(s) to treat migraine, but 18 percent of patients report discussing this with their physicians.

-- 83 percent of physicians said they routinely discuss personal migraine triggers, but only 38 percent of patients recall discussing this.

-- 67 percent of physicians said they typically discuss the proper use of over-the-counter medications with their patients, but only 17 percent of patients report having this discussion.

The survey involved 1,218 diagnosed migraine patients taking prescription medications as well as 533 physicians who treat five to 10 migraine patients per week. No margin of error was provided.

Posted: April 2011