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Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study (CHESS)


Study Summary:

Chronic headache, that is headache occurring on 15 or more days per month for more than three months, is a common problem, affecting around one in 30 of the population. There are three main types of chronic headache; migraine, tension type and medication overuse. There is very little information on the use of non-drug treatments or how to support people to manage their chronic headaches better (supported self-management). We want to develop and test a self-management support programme for people living with chronic headache comprising of individually tailored and generic components (the CHESS intervention). The programme will draw on the experience of people with chronic headaches to identify both what sort of interventions would be acceptable and what would be a meaningful benefit from the intervention.

REC Reference: 15/WM/0165

CHESS was approved by NRES Committee West Midlands- The Black Country on 11th June 2015.

Funders: CHESS is funded by National Institute for Health Research, Programme Grants for Applied Research.

Sponsors: CHESS is sponsored by Warwick Medical School

For all enquiries please contact:

chess at warwick dot ac dot uk

CHESS Contacts:

Kimberley White, Trial Coordinator:

E: kimberley dot white at warwick dot ac dot uk

T: 02476 151 634