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Responding to the Needs of Early Career Physicians and Fellows in Headache Medicine: Career Planning, Getting Involved, and Considerations in Building a Headache Center

Minen, Mia T; Wells, Rebecca E; Gautreaux, Jessica R; Szperka, Christina L; Rayhill, Melissa; Orlova, Yulia; Metzler, Abby; Halpern, Audrey; Monteith, Teshamae
PMID: 32476142
ISSN: 1526-4610
CID: 4482092

A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Impact of Motivational Interviewing on Initiating Behavioral Therapy for Migraine

Minen, Mia T; Sahyoun, Gabriella; Gopal, Ariana; Levitan, Valeriya; Pirraglia, Elizabeth; Simon, Naomi M; Halpern, Audrey
BACKGROUND:Relaxation, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy are evidence-based behavioral therapies for migraine. Despite such efficacy, research shows that only about half of patients initiate behavioral therapy recommended by their headache specialists. OBJECTIVE:Motivational interviewing (MI) is a widely used method to help patients explore and overcome ambivalence to enact positive life changes. We tested the hypothesis that telephone-based MI would improve initiation, scheduling, and attending behavioral therapy for migraine. METHODS:Single-blind randomized controlled trial comparing telephone-based MI to treatment as usual (TAU). Participants were recruited during their appointments with headache specialists at two sites of a New York City medical center. INCLUSION CRITERIA/METHODS:ages from 16 to 80, migraine diagnosis by United Council of Neurologic Subspecialty fellowship trained and/or certified headache specialist, and referral for behavioral therapy for prevention in the appointment of recruitment. EXCLUSION CRITERIA/METHODS:having done behavioral therapy for migraine in the past year. Participants in the MI group received up to 5 MI calls. TAU participants were called after 3 months for general follow-up data. The prespecified primary outcome was scheduling a behavioral therapy appointment, and secondary outcomes were initiating and attending a behavioral therapy appointment. RESULTS:76 patients were enrolled and randomized (MI = 36, TAU = 40). At baseline, the mean number of headache days was 12.0 ± 9.0. Self-reported anxiety was present for 36/52 (69.2%) and depression for 30/52 (57.7%). Follow-up assessments were completed for 77.6% (59/76, MI = 32, TAU = 27). The mean number of MI calls per participant was 2.69 ± 1.56 [0 to 5]. There was a greater likelihood of those in the MI group to initiating an appointment (22/32, 68.8% vs 11/27, 40.7%, P = .0309). There were no differences in appointment scheduling or attendance. Reasons stated for not initiating behavioral therapy were lack of time, lack of insurance/funding, prioritizing other treatments, and travel plans. CONCLUSIONS:Brief telephone-based MI may improve rates of initiation of behavioral therapy for migraine, but other barriers appear to lessen the impact on scheduling and attending behavioral therapy appointments.
PMID: 31981227
ISSN: 1526-4610
CID: 4274212

Factors Related to Migraine Patients' Decisions to Initiate Behavioral Migraine Treatment Following a Headache Specialist's Recommendation: A Prospective Observational Study

Minen, Mia T; Azarchi, Sarah; Sobolev, Rachel; Shallcross, Amanda; Halpern, Audrey; Berk, Thomas; Simon, Naomi M; Powers, Scott; Lipton, Richard B; Seng, Elizabeth
Objective/UNASSIGNED:To evaluate the frequency with which migraine patients initiated behavioral migraine treatment following a headache specialist recommendation and the predictors for initiating behavioral migraine treatment. Methods/UNASSIGNED:We conducted a prospective cohort study of consecutive patients diagnosed with migraine to examine whether the patients initiated behavioral migraine treatment following a provider recommendation. The primary outcome was scheduling the initial visit for behavioral migraine treatment. Patients who initiated behavioral migraine treatment were compared with those who did not (demographics, migraine characteristics, and locus of control) with analysis of variance and chi-square tests. Results/UNASSIGNED:Of the 234 eligible patients, 69 (29.5%) were referred for behavioral treatment. Fifty-three (76.8%) patients referred for behavioral treatment were reached by phone. The mean duration from time of referral to follow-up was 76  (median 76, SD = 45) days. Thirty (56.6%) patients initiated behavioral migraine treatment. There was no difference in initiation of behavioral migraine treatment with regard to sex, age, age of diagnosis, years suffered with headaches, health care utilization visits, Migraine Disability Assessment Screen, and locus of control (P > 0.05). Patients who had previously seen a psychologist for migraine were more likely to initiate behavioral migraine treatment than patients who had not. Time constraints were the most common barrier cited for not initiating behavioral migraine treatment. Conclusions/UNASSIGNED:Less than one-third of eligible patients were referred for behavioral treatment, and only about half initiated behavioral migraine treatment. Future research should further assess patients' decisions regarding behavioral treatment initiation and methods for behavioral treatment delivery to overcome barriers to initiating behavioral migraine treatment.
PMID: 29878178
ISSN: 1526-4637
CID: 3144562

Adherence to migraine behavioral treatment recommendations: A prospective observational study [Meeting Abstract]

Minen, M; Azarchi, S; Sobolev, R; Shalcross, A J; Halpern, A; Berk, T; Simon, N; Powers, S W; Lipton, R B; Seng, E K
Background: There are limited data on the adherence of migraine patients to recommendations for evidence-based behavioral treatments. Among patients seen by a headache specialist, we sought to determine rates of adherence to recommended behavioral treatments and barriers to adherence. We also sought to determine whether psychosocial factors such as migraine related disability, locus of control and self-efficacy were associated with adherence to migraine behavioral treatment recommendations. Methods: We conducted a prospective study of consecutive patients presenting to four headache specialists who were diagnosed with migraine at our Headache Center from 2016-2017 to examine whether they adhered to the recommendation to receive behavioral treatment. The primary outcome was whether patients had scheduled at least one visit for behavioral treatment. Descriptive statistics were reported. Patients who made an appointment for behavioral treatment were compared to those who did not across multiple categories including demographics, migraine characteristics, and personal beliefs with ANOVA and chi-square tests. Qualitative analyses were also done for open ended survey questions. Results: Of the 234 eligible patients, 69 (29.5%) were referred for behavioral treatment. Fifty-three (76.8%) patients referred for behavioral treatment were successfully reached by phone. Mean duration from time of referral to follow-up was 76 days (median 76, SD5 45). Just over half of patients (56.6%, N530) adhered to the recommendation for behavioral treatment. Patients who had previously seen a psychologist for their migraines were more likely to adhere to the behavioral treatment recommendation than patients who had not. Time constraints were the most common barrier cited for not scheduling a behavioral treatment appointment. Conclusion: Less than one third of eligible patients were referred for behavioral treatment and only about half adhered to the recommendation to schedule an appointment for behavioral treatment. More research should assess factors which might play a role in adherence to migraine behavioral treatment recommendations
ISSN: 1526-4610
CID: 3211062

Factors Related to Migraine Patients' Decisions to Follow a Headache Specialist's Recommendation for Migraine Behavioral Treatment: A Prospective Observational Study [Meeting Abstract]

Minen, Mia; Azarchi, Sarah; Sobolev, Rachel; Shallcross, Amanda; Halpern, Audrey; Berk, Thomas; Simon, Naomi; Powers, Scott; Lipton, Richard; Seng, Elizabeth
ISSN: 0028-3878
CID: 3561442

Utilization of behavioral treatment in migraine patients who visit a Headache Center: A Cross-Sectional Study [Meeting Abstract]

Minen, Mia; Boubour, Alexandra; Halpern, Audrey; Berk, Thomas; Seng, Elizabeth
ISSN: 1468-2982
CID: 2713572

Utilization of Behavioral Treatment in Migraine Patients Who Visit a Headache Center: A Cross-Sectional Study [Meeting Abstract]

Minen, MT; Boubour, A; Seng, E; Halpern, A; Berk, T
ISSN: 1526-4610
CID: 2650092

A migraine management training program for primary care providers: An overview of a survey and pilot study findings, lessons learned, and considerations for further research

Minen, Mia; Shome, Ashna; Halpern, Audrey; Tishler, Lori; Brennan, K C; Loder, Elizabeth; Lipton, Richard; Silbersweig, David
BACKGROUND: There are five to nine million primary care office visits a year for migraine in the United States. However, migraine care is often suboptimal in the primary care setting. A prior study indicated that primary care physicians (PCPs) wanted direct contact with headache specialists to improve the migraine care they provide. OBJECTIVE: We sought to further examine PCPs' knowledge of migraine management and assess the feasibility of a multimodal migraine education program for PCPs. METHODS: We conducted a survey assessing PCPs' knowledge about migraine. We then held three live educational sessions and developed an email consultative service for PCPs to submit questions they had about migraine. We report both quantitative and qualitative findings. RESULTS: Twenty-one PCPs completed the survey. They were generally familiar with the epidemiology of migraine (mean prevalence of migraine reported was 12.6%+/-10.1), the psychiatric comorbidities (mean prevalence of comorbid depression was 24.5% +/- 16.7, mean prevalence of comorbid anxiety was 24.6% +/- 18.3), and evidence-based behavioral treatments. Fifty-six percent cited cognitive behavioral therapy, 78% cited biofeedback, and 61% cited relaxation therapy as evidence based treatments. Though most were aware of the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities, they did not routinely assess for them (43% did not routinely assess for anxiety, 29% did not routinely assess for depression). PCPs reported frequently referring patients for non-level A evidence based treatments: special diets (60%), acupuncture (50%), physical therapy (30%), and psychoanalysis (20%). Relaxation therapy was a therapy recommended by 40% of the PCPs. Only 10% reported referring for cognitive behavioral therapy or biofeedback. Nineteen percent made minimal or no use of migraine preventive medications. Seventy-two percent were unaware of or only slightly aware of the American Academy of Neurology guidelines for migraine. There was variable attendance at the educational sessions (N=22 at 1st session, 6 at 2nd session, 15 at 3rd session). Very few PCPs used the email consultative service (N=4). CONCLUSIONS: Though PCPs are familiar with many aspects of migraine care, there is a need and opportunity for improvement. The three live sessions were poorly attended and the email consultative service was rarely used. We provide an in depth discussion of targeted areas for educational intervention, of the challenges in developing a migraine educational program for PCPs, and areas for future study.
PMID: 27037903
ISSN: 1526-4610
CID: 2059452