O008. Improvement in clinical governance of chronic headache by an information network: HealthSOAF - Calabria Headache Network pilot study
© Iannacchero et al. 2015
Published: 28 September 2015
Materials and methods
From November 2014 to March 2015, volunteer nodes in the Calabria Headache Network (10 primary care general practitioners in Catanzaro Lido, Borgia and Soverato; 3 secondary care neurologists in Catanzaro Lido - spokes; 1 multidisciplinary team tertiary care at the regional Centre for Headache and Adaptive Disorders at the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro - hub) shared the HealthSOAF software client and network access. We retrieved epidemiological and referral data and compared them with preexisting information and estimation about the area.
One hundred and ninety-seven patients accessing the primary care units in the considered period obtained a diagnosis of headache. Nineteen (9.64%) diagnosed as secondary headache were referred to the Emergency Rooms. Seventy-four patients (37.56%) diagnosed as episodic primary headache were managed at the primary care level. Thirty-six patients (18.27%) were managed by the general practitioner and outpatient neurologist (episodic primary headache). Sixty-eight patients (34.52%) were referred to the Centre for Headache and Adaptive Disorders as chronic headache cases. Compared to preexisting data, this marked an improvement in access to headache care and reduction of inappropriate referrals to the Centre for Headache (pre: 15.42%; post: 7.35%).
The use of the HealthSOAF platform in this experimental pilot is associated with enhanced diagnostic correctness and access to tailored headache services in the considered area, suggesting that network-based clinical decision support informational tools can improve the clinical governance of headache.
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