Choosing Wisely:

Don’t perform electro-encephalography for headaches.

Rationale and Comments: Electroencephalography has no advantage over clinical evaluation in diagnosing headache, does not improve outcomes, and increases cost. Recurrent headache is the most common pain problem, affecting 15% to 20% of people.
Sponsoring Organizations:
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Sources:
  • American Academy of Neurology guidelines
  • Disciplines:
  • Neurologic
  • References: • American Academy of Neurology. Practice parameter: the electroencephalogram in the evaluation of headache. http:// aan.com/professionals/practice/pdfs/pdf_1995_thru_1998/1995.45.1411.pdf.

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