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Hot topics in headache

Module summary

This interactive module uses five case histories to update you on developments in the primary care management of headache, including new NICE guidance and research on migraine prophylaxis and the treatment of tension-type and cluster headaches.

Learning objectives

To improve your understanding of:

  • The diagnosis of primary and secondary headache
  • Red flags in headache
  • Acute and prophylactic treatment for tension and cluster headache
  • The role of topiramate and botulinum toxin in prophylaxis

In this interactive module, you will learn as you work through real-life primary care patient scenarios. You will be assessed before starting the module and again at the end, to gauge how your knowledge has improved.

You don't have to complete the whole module in one sitting. You can break off at any point mid-module and pick up again where you left off by pressing the Resume Module button alongside the module title in your Pulse Learning CPD log.


Dr Paul Ballinger is a GP in Staffordshire, with an interest in headache and neurological problems.

This module has been developed by Pulse Learning’s team of medical writers and editors, and peer reviewed by our GP advisers. It was first published in June 2012, but was revised and updated in September 2014 by Dr Paul Ballinger to incorporate new guidance, research and changes to therapy.

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
2 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
4 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
Very clearly explained important diagnostic and management points
The quiz served as an excellent check on one's knowledge
Carolyn Papenfus
Ruchy Gupta
Henry Toomey
Very useful
Elizabeth Stamp
detailed and well written.
Usman Buhari