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Arch Hellen Med, 37(2), March-April 2019, 176-185


Cephalalgia and its impact on clinical healthcare professionals

D. Alamanou,1 C. Vasilaki,1 E. Zisimopoulou2
1Second Medical Department, 417 NIMTS Hospital, Athens,
2"Euroclinic" Hospital, Athens, Greece

Almost all people have suffered from cephalalgia, otherwise called headache, at some point in their lives, but for some it can be a significant problem, affecting their daily activities. One factor that contributes to the presentation and worsening of cephalalgia is work. Clinical healthcare professionals appear to have a higher risk of cephalalgia than the general population. This is a review of cephalalgia and its impact on the personal and professional activities of clinical healthcare professionals. Although cephalalgia is the most common neurological disorder in most communities, it is underdiagnosed and undertreated to a significant extent. Clinical healthcare professionals experience headaches at high rates, often causing professional and personal difficulties, such as decreased productivity and efficiency and lost working hours. Cephalalgia is documented to a greater extent in women, nursing staff, and younger workers with fewer years of service. A high proportion of sufferers do not use any means to manage cephalalgia.

Key words: Activities, Efficiency, Healthcare professionals, Migraine, System headache.

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