Migraine Management Pearls for Primary Care with Neurologist Jessica Ailani, MD

Consider migraine screening for all women aged 20 to 50 years, suggests Ailani; you'll likely find a majority of them have migraine. More pearls follow.

  • Consider migraine screening in primary care for all women aged 20 to 50 years because “you’re probably going to find that a majority of them have migraine.”

  • Take advantage of simple online tools to help quickly assess for migraine headache in a busy clinical practice.

  • Once it is diagnosed, make sure a patient with migraine understands that migraine is not just a symptom, it is a disease that will need long-term management.

These are just a few of the suggestions about migraine management offered to primary care clinicians by headache specialist Jessica Ailani, MD, during a recent interview with Patient Care® Online. She explains these and offers other ideas and clinical pearls in this short video.


Jessica Ailani, MD, is professor of clinical neurology and director of Medstar Georgetown Headache Center at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.