Open Access the first five years

The Journal of Headache and Pain20056:203

Published: 20 July 2005


The Italian headache disorders website ( was launched in 1999 by the CIRNA foundation in partnership with Al.Ce, which is a lay association and member of the World Headache Alliance. In 2004, the website registered almost 130 000 hits (+200% on the 1999 figure). The most visited parts were the sections devoted to topical issues relating to headache, the list of headache specialists, the headache glossary and the support group. This article summarises the website’s first five years of activity and highlights the Internet’s potential to improve headache–related decision–making, behaviour and outcomes.

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Electronic messagesHeadacheHealthcareInternetWorld Wide Web