Editor's Note
May 2014

Coping With Headaches

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(5):821-822. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.33

It is not news that neuroimaging is overordered for patients with headache. In fact, as the authors have alluded to, the American College of Radiology, as part of the Choose Wisely campaign (ABIM [American Board of Internal Medicine] Foundation), has placed “Don’t do imaging for uncomplicated headache” on its top 5 list of things physicians and patients should question. However, because neuroimaging actually increased between 1995 and 2010 despite published guidelines discouraging the ordering of neuroimaging with simple headaches since 2000, the Editors thought the findings of this Research Letter are noteworthy.

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