Migraine Perspectives with Jessica Ailani, MD: Start Migraine Care in Primary Care

Migraine headache specialist and researcher Jessica Ailani, MD, fully supports primary care as the setting for the majority of the treatment for the disease.

The conversation about migraine headache begins in the primary care setting, observed Jessica Ailani, MD, professor of clinical neurology and director of Medstar Georgetown Headache Center at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.

Ailani, in a recent interview with Patient Care, was referring to just-published findings from the OVERCOME study, a longitudinal multicohort study following the impact and patterns of management of migraine headache in the US.

Up to 65% of the more than 20 000 migraineurs in OVERCOME were seen in primary care for their headaches, said Ailani. Given the steady decline in the number of headache specialists in the US and the steady increase in very effective migraine-specific therapies, Ailani beleives that the majority of care for migraine headaches is the provence of primary care. She explains in the short video below.


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