Predictors of outcome in patients consulting their general practitioners for headache: A prospective study

Goldstein, Laurence and Seed, Paul T. and Clark, Lucy V. and Dowson, Andrew J. and Jenkins, Linda M. and Ridsdale, Leone (2011) Predictors of outcome in patients consulting their general practitioners for headache: A prospective study. Psychology & Health, 26 (6). pp. 751-764. ISSN 0887-0446. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2010.493217

Abstract

Headache is the most common neurological symptom presenting to general practitioners (GPs). Identifying factors predicting outcome in patients consulting their GPs for headache may help GPs with prognosis and choose management strategies which would improve patient care. We followed up a cohort of patients receiving standard medical care, recruited from 18 general practices in the South Thames region of England, approximately 9 months after their initial participation in the study. Of the baseline sample (N¼255), 134 provided both full baseline and follow-up data on measures of interest. We determined associations between patients’ follow-up scores on the Headache Impact Test-6 and baseline characteristics (including headache impact and frequency scores, mood, attributions about psychological/ medical causes of their headaches, satisfaction with GP care and illness perceptions). Greater impact and stronger beliefs about the negative consequences of headaches at baseline were the strongest predictors of poor outcome at follow-up.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: headache; impact; outcome; general practice; illness perceptions
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 10:53
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 13:42
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29730 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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