Headache: Clinical governance in health care management in the Emergency Department

P. Querzani*, D. Grimaldi, S. Cevoli, C. Begliardi, F. Rasi, P. Cortelli

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Headache is a common Emergency Department (ED) problem accounting for 1.7%-4.5% of patients every year. The main aim in the ED is to differentiate between primary and secondary headache. Although secondary headache represents the lowest percentage (20%) of ED patients presenting with headache, it can be life threatening. Patients with primary headache require a follow-up programme on discharge from the ED with a specialist headache clinic taking responsibility for these patients. This procedure was applied at Ravenna Hospital ED for 2 years and recorded (unpublished data) a reduction in the number of repeat visits to the ED for headache and the number of inappropriate admissions for headache (DRG 25).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)s203-s205
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Emergency Department
  • Headache
  • Outcome predictors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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