Clinical- Versus home-based treatment formats for children with chronic headache

Jennifer D. Griffiths, Paul R. Martin

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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioural treatment programme, delivered in either clinic-based group format, or home-based minimal-therapist-contact format, in the treatment of chronic headache (migraine, tension or combined), for 10-12-year-old children. Subjects were assigned randomly to three conditions: clinic-based treatment (eight sessions); home-based treatment (three sessions supplemented by working at home from treatment manuals); and waiting-list control. Both treatment conditions were associated with significant reductions in headaches, but no changes occurred for the control condition. The two treatment formats were equally efficacious; however, the home-based format was over twice as cost effective as the clinic-based format.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-166
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

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