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Remote headache advice . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3409 (Published 19 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3409

Telemedicine for headaches

A large trial in northern Norway compared telemedicine consultations with the usual outpatient appointment for people complaining of headache (Neurology doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000004085). Evaluated 3 and 12 months later, telemedicine proved as good as the traditional approach in reducing pain and the effect of headache on patients’ lives. Equally important, it was no worse at detecting headaches caused by underlying disease. The investigators were trying to find a way to make specialist neurological advice available to people living in remote areas. But the results probably also apply where there are no mountains or fjords to hinder access to care.

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