Diagnostic testing and treatment of pediatric headache in the emergency department

David C. Sheridan, Garth D. Meckler, David M. Spiro, Thomas K. Koch, Matthew Hansen

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Abstract

Objective To describe the variability in diagnostic testing and treatment of headaches in children presenting to the emergency department (ED) with use of a nationally representative sample. Study design This was a retrospective cohort study using the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey during 2005-2009. To assess the use of evidence-based treatment, we analyzed all patients 20% of patients underwent computed tomography scanning. Conclusions There is significant variability in the evaluation and treatment of pediatric headache in the ED. Despite evidence-based clinical guidelines for migraine headache, a large number of children continue to receive opioids and ionizing radiation in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1634-1637
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Volume163
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Headache
Hospital Emergency Service
Pediatrics
Health Care Surveys
Ionizing Radiation
Migraine Disorders
Opioid Analgesics
Cohort Studies
Therapeutics
Retrospective Studies
Tomography
Guidelines

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Diagnostic testing and treatment of pediatric headache in the emergency department. / Sheridan, David C.; Meckler, Garth D.; Spiro, David M.; Koch, Thomas K.; Hansen, Matthew.

In: Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 163, No. 6, 12.2013, p. 1634-1637.

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Sheridan, David C. ; Meckler, Garth D. ; Spiro, David M. ; Koch, Thomas K. ; Hansen, Matthew. / Diagnostic testing and treatment of pediatric headache in the emergency department. In: Journal of Pediatrics. 2013 ; Vol. 163, No. 6. pp. 1634-1637.
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