An Evidence-Based Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Migraines in Adults in the Primary Care and General Neurology Setting

This online CME activity provides a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of migraine for primary care providers and general neurologist. We will cover key concepts in the diagnosis and management of migraine through an online interactive video-based course with cases to reinforce your knowledge. Migraine is a type of chronic headache disorder which requires ongoing maintenance to prevent attacks. It is one of the most disabling conditions and a common disorder evaluated by primary care physicians and general neurologists. The diagnosis of migraine and standard of care treatment approaches including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies will be reviewed. Patient and family counseling as well as educational resources for patients will also be provided upon completion of the course. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop strategies to accurately diagnose migraine headaches and provide appropriate treatment plans.
  • Distinguish migraine headache from other headache disorders.
  • Recognize the reasons not to use opioids or butalbital containing products for migraine treatment.
  • Utilize non-opiate standard of care medication treatments for migraine.
  • Employ national headache diagnostic and management recommendations.
  • Use evidence-based medicine to treat migraines, specifically, prescribing triptans as first line therapy for severe migraines.



In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)

Stanford Medicine designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Paid after free trial
Online, self-paced, EdX
Stanford School of Medicine