Headache is one of the most common complaints in the general population and the most common symptom for a neurology out-patient visit. According to the WHO, the prevalence of adults complaining of recent headache (at least one episode within the last year) is 47%. Despite the large burden of disease, headaches are often overlooked, underdiagnosed and under-resourced. There are several reasons that include lack of awareness among the general public and healthcare professionals and lack of training at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. There is limited data available from many third world countries including Pakistan. Family Physicians (FPs) equivalent to primary care physician in the UK (GP) see the vast majority of headache disorders in Pakistan, their competency in recognizing headache disorders bears huge impact on the care received by the patients.
Malik, Abdul; Awan, Safia; Sonawalla, Aziz; Ahmed, Fayyaz; and Wasay, Mohammad
"Awareness and approach to headache: A survey of family physicians in Pakistan,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 13
, Article 3.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol13/iss4/3