Highlights of the 5th Annual Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants (AFPPA) Conference: Headache Management -- Evaluation and Treatment

San Antonio, Texas; November 19-23, 2003

Jim Meeks, PA-C

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February 12, 2004

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Introduction

Primary care providers typically are the first group involved in the evaluation and management of patients with headache. Whether working in an urban emergency department with full diagnostic facilities and neurologic consults available at a moment's notice, a busy primary care office, or a rural clinic or hospital, we all seem to have the same sense of foreboding when encountering the primary complaint of headache. This may be especially true if the patient is a "repeat customer."

Two presentations during the 5th annual conference of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants (AFPPA), held in San Antonio, Texas, November 19-23, 2003, were designed to help physician assistants/associates enhance their management of this all-too-common complaint. Eric Schuman, MPAS, PA-C,[1] presented "Pearls for the Evaluation and Treatment of the Acute Headache," followed by Robert B. Nett, MD, RPh,[2] speaking on "Advances in Migraine Management."

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