Presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of The American Association for the Study of Headache, San Francisco, June 22, 1980.
Use of a Computerized Data Base in a Headache Clinic†
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 72–74, March 1981
How to Cite
Bana, D.S., Leviton, A., Slack, W.V., Geer, D.E. and Graham, J.R. (1981), Use of a Computerized Data Base in a Headache Clinic. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 21: 72–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1981.hed2102072.x
Supported in part by a grant (LM03393) from the National Library of Medicine, a grant (HS00188) from the National Center for Health Services Research, HRA, and a grant from The Headache Research Foundation.
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: August 17, 1980
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We have designed and are using an interactive computer-based headache interview in which patients sit in front of a terminal and answer questions posed by the computer. Data entered are summarized and printed for use by the patient's physician. Preliminary data obtained by the computer interview can be used to generate and test hypotheses. We compared patient-entered data to physicians' diagnoses for 26 patients with the diagnosis of common migraine and 20 with the diagnosis of muscle contraction headache. Contrary to common beliefs, we found that almost equal numbers in each group acknowledged (1) visual changes before some headaches, (2) headaches precipitated by alcohol, and (3) headaches that coincided with change in the weather. Furthermore, patients seemed more likely to acknowledge more than one kind of headache to the computer than to the physician.