Organization of Headache Care and Clinical Practice – University of Copenhagen

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Organization of Headache Care and Clinical Practice

Organization of Headache Care and Clinical Practice

The course will cover the background for the present global organization of headache service. It will discuss pro- et con for the various service models and its applicability in the clinic and in various health care systems.

The service for specific groups as children, the elderly and patients with severe comorbid conditions will also be covered. The strategies and existing evidence for the individual elements of a multidisciplinary headache clinic will be presented and discussed.

Research methods, study planning and organization of new clinical studies and protocols for clinical trials will be presented in lectures and discussed in groups. The students will be  encouraged to present and plan new studies and will be assisted with feed back to their protocols and strategies from the other students and the lecturers.

The course covers the following topics:

  • multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary treatment,
  • the care of hospitalised headache patients,
  • outpatient treatment,
  • biofeedback,
  • psychological treatment strategies,
  • physical therapy,
  • organising and participating in clinical treatment trials,
  • research projects and strategies
  • establish research networks.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will include a combination of interactive lectures, group exercises, case studies, journal clubs, essay and computer-based (electronic) learning exercises (WIKIs). Using the Canvass platform or similar for upload of learning materials will allow team work for reading, interpreting and discussing selected scientific articles and cases.

What do you gain?

On completion of the course, the participants should be able to:


  • have insight into existing interdisciplinary treatment options for both inpatients and outpatients.
  • have knowledge about the present organisation of headache treatment, research strategies and international network groups.


  • make an optimal assessments and selection of treatment options for the individual patient, to choose a correct combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment and to select the right patients for neuromodulation treatment.
  • follow patients with severe symptoms over a longer time period and adjust treatment optimally with consideration for the resources available
  • assess and critically discuss scientific articles on multidisciplinary and non-pharmacological treatment.


  • make relevant selections and optimise the available treatment process, contribute to the future development of new treatments on a scientific basis, as well as initiate new treatment studies.
  • initiate or contribute to establishing new research networks and collaborations.

Course dates:

E-learning: 20. May - 14. June 2019

On campus: 17. June - 22. June 2019

Course fee:

  • DKK 10,000 for EU/EEA citizens
  • DKK 15,108 for non-EU/EEA citizens

Application deadline for single course students: 8 weeks prior to course start