Using Existing Programs & Resources
If resources are not available to create a new migraine program from scratch, it may make sense to incorporate migraine education and awareness into existing programs and initiatives.
Consider using wellness programs and/or onsite wellness and fitness centers to educate employees about migraine basics and support those suffering from migraine as they manage common triggers including diet, exercise, sleep and stress. Existing channels and resources can be used including onsite programs/staff, newsletters and company intranet for health education, skill building and coaching.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), in place to support the mental health and emotional well-being of employees, can also support those with migraine. According to the American Migraine Foundation, migraine patients are between two to five times more likely to have symptoms of stress and anxiety than patients without migraine. In fact, 50% - 60% of migraine patients suffer from an anxiety disorder and stress is a trigger in nearly 70% of those with migraine. If promoted effectively, the resources and services offered by an EAP could benefit those with migraine in significant ways, including support with identifying and managing migraine triggers such as stress.
Chronic condition management programs target individuals with a specific disease or condition and are typically data driven and focused on evidence-based, measurable outcomes. If your organization already has the structure in place to provide programs for chronic condition management, you may want to consider incorporating those diagnosed with migraine into the group. This can help them get properly diagnosed and treated. In addition, information to enhance self-care, so important to living a healthy and productive life with migraine, can be provided. With any disease management program, it is especially important to include continuing education and engagement activities for optimal success.