Care Pathway for the Management of Episodic Tension-type Headaches

Offer information on nature, management, the course of episodic tension-type headaches as a framework for the initiation of a program of care

Aim to understand the patient's beliefs and expectations about their episodic tension-type headaches and address any misunderstandings (e.g. caused by serious pathology) or apprehensions through education and reassurance. 

Educate and reassure the patient about the benign and self-limiting nature of episodic tension-type headaches and reinforce the importance of maintaining activities of daily living. Example Script

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No

No

Yes

Management of Symptoms

 

Based on shared decision making between the patient and provider, any one of the following therapeutic interventions is recommended:

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Yes

Yes

No

Discharge

Yes

Yes

Discharge

No