Customize iHeadache MD

Overview of iHeadache MD > Custom Preferences

iHeadache is an "active" diary. This means that is looks at patient's symptoms, pain score, and medication taken and uses a modified I.H.S. criteria to assign a headache type of migraine, probable migraine, tension type headache, or unclassified. This page discusses these modifications and those controls you have over them. Your settings do not affect how the iHeadache User sees their data.

iHeadache classfies headaches either by calendar day or 24 hour period. If you instruct your patients to make a new entry for any calendar day they have a headache, then all of iHeadache's reports and dashboards will look at headache days. If you instruct your patient to use 24 hour periods to enter their data, then the system will report headache periods in the reports and dashboard.

One of the criteria you control is the time criteria. As you are aware, to have an I.H.S. migraine (for adults), a headache must last 4 hours or go away with taking a migraine specific medication (i.e. triptan or DHE compound). You may choose to ignore time completely in your analysis (recommended for pediatric patients), only use time criteria when present (default), or always require time entries.

Another criteria under your control is how to report an individual headache that meets criteria for both tension type headaches and probable migraine. Which ever you designate to test first, will be the one reported.

Finally, you can choose whether you want the system to use generic names, trade names, or both.

At the present time, iHeadache does not use the settings going to bed with headache or waking with headache in its analysis.

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