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A Headache Protocol For Nurses: Effectiveness And Efficiency.
Published 1976 · Medicine
To test the effectiveness and efficiency of a nurse-administered protocol for headache in the primary care setting, we conducted a prospective controlled trial. Two hundred three randomly allocated patients were evaluated by nurses using the protocol who managed independently 55.2% of the patients and received physician consultation on the others. A total of 193 patients were randomly allocated to the physician-control group. Nurse-protocol group patients experienced equivalent symptomatic relief and expressed significantly greater satisfaction with the care they had received than did patients in the physician-control group. A retrospective study of the presenting findings in patients with serious diseases of the CNS provided evidence supporting the safety of the protocol logic. We conclude that nurse-protocol management of headache in this primary care practice was effective and efficient.