Enhancing migraine diagnosis and treatment to improve quality of life in women with migraines
Migraine is a complex neurovascular disorder of the brain characterized by episodes of severe head pain and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system with or without aura. Migraine affects nearly 324 million people worldwide and causes severe disability in women during the most productive years of life. The World Health Organization considers severe migraine to be as disabling as quadriplegia and terminal stage cancer. Healthcare professionals often perceive migraine headaches as minor complaints, resulting in poorly acknowledged physical, emotional, and economic burdens contributing to diminished quality of life in women with migraine disorder. Approximately 10 million people suffer from migraines in the United States, yet evidence suggests that management of migraine is suboptimal. The purpose of the thesis is to educate healthcare professionals on the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of migraine disorders to enhance care of patients and improve quality of life. An interdisciplinary review of research was completed using the online databases Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), MEDLINE- EBSCOhost, Academic Search Premier, and PubMed. Findings concluded that migraines impact quality of life in the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of well-being. Nursing implications for improving migraine management and quality of life include advocating for clients with migraines, seeking continuous education in regards to migraine management, educating clients and their families about managing migraines, and competently caring for clients with migraines.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Arend, Nicole Elizabeth, "Enhancing migraine diagnosis and treatment to improve quality of life in women with migraines" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 962.