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Headaches course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

Headache is an important and common health problem for children that may lead to school absence and educational underachievement. This session will introduce the common causes of headache, their presentation and the treatment options. This session will also help in better understanding of the impact of headache on child's social and family life.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe different types of headache and their frequency in children
  • Identify the warning features (red flags) of serious underlying diseases
  • Describe presentations of migraine and other headaches in children including relationship to stress and emotional factors
  • Assess the impact of headache on child's education, social and family life
  • Outline treatment options and prevention of headache and giving appropriate advice to child, family and teachers

This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt. You do not have to use them and your answers are not seen by anyone else.

Instructors / Speakers
Ishaq Abu-Arafeh,
Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology

Ishaq is a Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow. He obtained a ’Doctor of Medicine’ degree from the University of Aberdeen, for his research on the epidemiology of headache and migraine in children.

Ishaq established and has run the Headache Service for Children in Glasgow since 1996. His research interests are in the epidemiology of headache, migraine and migraine equivalents, and the clinical presentations of different types of headache in children and on post-traumatic headache.

He is the chairman of the International Headache Society’s Child and Adolescent headache subcommittee, and the past chairman of the paediatric committee of the British Association for the Study of Headache.

He played part in developing the British Paediatric Neurology Association’s Childhood Headache Training courses.

Ishaq is the Editor of the first (2002) and the second (2013) editions of the now well established book ’Childhood Headache’ and he contributed to several textbooks on paediatrics and headache.

Headaches course for Allied Health
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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