Why Lifestyle change?
Certain lifestyle behaviors have been linked to decreased migraine severity and attack frequency, like consistent meal timing, quality sleep, and proper hydration. These and other modifiable lifestyle factors have been shown to further influence the chronicity of migraine. However, patients often encounter multiple barriers in identifying and implementing these changes, especially as they try to also manage migraine. We have designed the following resources to support you and your patients in learning more about the connection between lifestyle and migraine.
For your patients
Stage of change has consistently been correlated with patient outcomes when implementing new healthy behaviors. Give our “How Ready Are You for Change” handout to help get them started.
- Watch headache specialist Dr. William Young, MD, FAHS, FAAN, FANA explain why lifestyle choices are a crucial part of your patient’s toolkit (see video).
- Read our Summary on the latest research on lifestyle and migraine.
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Provider Best Practices
See below for resources to help you support your patients in making lifestyle changes.
AAN Headache Quality Measurement Set
The recent American Academy of Neurology quality measurement in headache update includes the recommendation to assess and counsel patients regarding lifestyle factors associated with attack frequency and migraine severity. Check out our Lifestyle Changes for Migraine and other patient handouts, designed to help you help your patients better address those potentially modifiable risk factors as part of their comprehensive treatment plan.
To help educate your patients, we also offer our free Knowledge Portal, a library of over 90+ accurate, understandable articles, videos, and audios on headache and migraine, which cover a vast range of need-to-know topics and are medically reviewed by our Co-Medical Directors. Click here to view our Knowledge Portal.
We know there are many demands on your time. To help you share Care Tuner resources with your patients, here is sample text you can use to create your own EMR smart (dot) phrase:
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Today we discussed using the Care Tuner app as part of our plan to provide you with comprehensive care for migraine. The app can serve as a complement to your treatment plan. The program provides personalized recommendations for you, including integrated, evidenced-based tools for improving your quality of life with migraine. We encourage you to make use of these tools as a regular part of your health routine in between our visits.
The Care Tuner app offers a 2-week free trial. After that period, subscription fees apply. To download the app, visit: https://ctrlmhealth.com/app/
You may also wish to explore the free Knowledge Portal, where you will find articles and answers to your frequently asked questions about headache and migraine: ctrlmhealth.com/knowledge/
To explore verified nutritional support for migraine, visit the shop at: shop.ctrlmhealth.com/
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In developing our programs and mobile app, we drew upon over 150 journal articles and references. We have compiled them below for your review.
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