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Medication overuse headache (completed)

A brief intervention for medication overuse headache: an intervention in general practice

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About the project

Medication overuse headache is a condition  with cronic headache in combination with overuse of acute headache medications. This condition is a common cause for chronic headache, and there are great advantages to be won if these patients can be partly treated within primary health care.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether training of GPs in the detection and treatment of medication overuse headache leads to improved care for these patients as compared to "business as usual".


It has been described that chronic headache causes a great deal of individual suffering and also leads to large health related costs. A short, structured training program could, if effective, through this transfer, contribute towards both reducing costs and patient suffering and also reduce the referral load on the specialised centres.


The overall aim of this project is to develop a brief intervention for treatment of medication overuse headache (MOH) in general practice, and to study whether patients with MOH can be treated according to an established model for treating substance and alcohol overuse Spesific aims will be to study if a brief intervention for MOH leads to lasting reduction in headache medication intake, reduction of number of days with headache and headache intensity.


  • Institute of Health and Society


  • University Hospital, Akershus
  • Head and Neck Research Group, Lørenskog
Published July 31, 2012 1:34 PM - Last modified June 24, 2014 1:15 PM