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AHS 2022 | Future work on lifetyle recommendations in headache care

Lauren Natbony, MD, Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY, discusses future work in lifestyle recommendations in headache care. There is a need for better, high-quality studies; most studies conducted thus far have investigated the outcomes of behaviors that adversely impact headaches. However, a greater emphasis is required on high-quality studies presenting positive correlations between healthy behaviors and a reduction in headache intensity and frequency. There is also a great need for more evidence-based trials on children; behavioral modification is the standard of care, yet this results from a lack of data concerning other treatment options in children. Furthermore, there is a need for a standardized approach to treating patients and educating clinicians on how to counsel patients effectively. As outcomes depend on how well a clinician can communicate with patients, future studies and evidence-based guidelines would be helpful. This interview took place during the 2022 American Headache Society (AHS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver, CO.