Primary Care Migraine©

This activity provides clinicians with valuable resources to help successfully manage migraine in primary care. The goals for the program are to improve and streamline the diagnosis of migraine, distinguish between migraine and secondary headache disorders, and give you the resources to confidently and accurately prescribe appropriate acute and preventive therapies.

  • Complimentary continuing medical education (CME) credits
  • Web and app-based training for primary care professionals. Available through the App Store (Apple) and Google Play (Android).
  • Learn cutting-edge treatments and preventive protocols for migraine
  • Complimentary one-year membership to the National Headache Foundation
  • Access to printable handouts to educate your patients

Module 1: The Diagnosis of Migraine in Primary Care (30 min)

  • Discuss the epidemiology of migraine both within the population, but also as it relates to patients seen in your primary care offices
  • Recognize the under-diagnosis of migraine
  • Apply the diagnostic criteria for migraine
  • Use abbreviated tools to help simplify the diagnosis of migraine in your practice
  • Develop a general approach to the diagnosis of migraine and other headache disorder

Module 2: Secondary Headache Disorders in Primary Care (30 min)

  • Recognize the Red Flags that suggest a secondary headache disorder
  • Order the appropriate imaging test to help diagnose headache
  • Recommend a lumbar puncture when indicated by headache signs and symptoms and interpret findings

Module 3: ABCs of Acute Therapy in Primary Care (30 min)

  • ​Define acute medication use
  • Discuss their mechanisms of action
  • Set realistic goals for therapy
  • Discuss the different types of acute therapies
  • Review common side effects and cautions with their use

Module 4: ABCs of Preventive Therapy in Primary Care (30 min)

  • Define preventive therapy treatments for migraine
  • Review preventive treatment indications
  • Identify the medication classes used for migraine prevention


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Primary Care Network (PCN) and the National Headache Foundation. Primary Care Network is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Primary Care Network designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release/Expiration Dates

This enduring material will be available beginning September 16, 2021 through September 16, 2024.

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by educational grants provided by AbbVie, Amgen, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, and Lilly.

Contact Information




National Headache Foundation
Phone: 312-274-2650

This activity is hosted on the National Headache Foundation (NHF) website.

Published November 15, 2023

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