What are the Top Ten things needed in the migraine field?
International experts have provided the following ideas.
• Respect for the condition as a genuine neurological disorder and recognition of the significant burden on patients
• Better training and education for primary care providers so more patients can be adequately diagnosed and treated
• A biomarker to proove that migraine exists and help to break the stigma
• Patient voice and advocacy to influence institutions in funding more care programs and research
• Access to current treatment options; medications do exist but reimbursement is very difficult
• Precision medicine to find the right treatment to the right person, maybe with the help of biomarkers
• Clear ways to combine treatments for each specific person with a particular set of other health care problems
• A tool to understand the global burden of migraine including the symptoms other than headache and the time spent in between attacks
• More patient education to help migraine people get the right information and fight myths and stigmas
• Ways to avoid burnout for headache clinicians that are more and more overwhelmed by the number of patients and the fighting required for access to treatments
Medicine is now mature enough to talk about quality of life. First it was survival. Then it was prolonging life. Now should be the time for quality of life, and migraine medicine is all about living better. Is our society ready for this?