Headache tools to stay in school
Inventors: Lori Lazdowsky, Alessandra Caruso, Elyse Mahoney, Jason Haberman, Jonathan Rabner, Ashley McCarthy, Victoria Karian, Karen Kaczynski, Rupa Gambhir, Laura Simons, Alyssa Lebel
Invention Types: Information Technology/Software, Other
Research Areas: Health Care Management, Pain
Keywords: PainFor More Information Contact: Chou, Jennifer
Headaches are the most prevalent neurological disorder and source of pain in children. In addition to severely impacting physical and emotional health, headaches are implicated in reduction of academic performance and increased rates of absenteeism. Headaches can present on their own or as a result of various other conditions, such as viral infections or concussions. In particular, concussion in youth sports has been the subject of increased scrutiny as we gain more knowledge regarding the long-term ramifications of the injury. While many hospitals host pediatric headache treatment/neurology centers, care for children with neurological conditions must also encompass stakeholders outside the clinic, including the patient, primary caregivers, teachers, and school health officials. Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a novel guide designed to enable school nurses and children to take a more active role in the management of headache disorders/concussions.
Headache Tools to Stay in School: An Educational Collaboration and Tool for School Nurses and their Students with Headache, Migraines, and Concussions offers a comprehensive overview of headache symptomatology, contributing lifestyle factors, medication standards, practice scenarios, guidelines for seeking medical attention, and other resources. The guide was designed and written by a team of specialists consisting of clinical pain psychologists, pediatric headache neurologists, nurses and nurse practitioners from the pediatric headache center at Boston Children’s Hospital.
• Integrated resource for diagnosis, treatment, and management of headaches for children and their caregivers
• Sections of the guide are written and tailored for personal use by the adolescent