Migraine is the most common neurological disorder, and the second most common cause of disability in the world. Despite the enormous cost it exacts on patients, the healthcare system, and the greater economy, migraine remains largely undertreated or un-treated. Racial disparities in treatment and outcomes also persist. Even though migraine prevalence is very similar among White, Black, and Latino/Hispanic groups, Black and Latino/Hispanic patients are less likely to even receive a migraine diagnosis than their White peers. Even after diagnosis, patients face unmet treatment needs. Common medications used to treat migraine attacks are poorly tolerated, contraindicated, or simply ineffective in some patients. Newer disease-process-specific therapies may offer hope to patients for whom traditional therapies are ineffective, poorly tolerated, or contraindicated.
During this educational presentation, migraine experts will share real-world examples of screening, diagnosis, and implementation of appropriate pharmacotherapy factoring in social determinants of health and patient access to care.