Two Studies of the Long-Term Follow-Up of Minimal Therapist Contact Treatments of Vascular and Tension Headache

Edward B. Blanchard, Kenneth A. Appelbaum, Patricia Guarnieri, Debra F. Neff, Frank Andrasik, James Jaccard, Kevin D. Barron

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Abstract

Tension and vascular headache patients, initially treated with biofeedback and/or relaxation training in either a minimal therapist contact protocol (3 visits) or an intensive individual protocol (10 or 16 visits) were followed-up prospectively for 2 years. In the first study, for the first 6 months of follow-up, half of all patients continued to keep headache diaries and were seen monthly and the other half had only minimal contact. The results at 1-year follow-up, based on 4 weeks of daily headache diaries, revealed equally good maintenance from both treatment protocols and from both follow-up conditions. In Study 2, we found that patients remained improved over pretreatment baseline levels at the 2-year follow-up regardless of initial treatment intensity. Approximately three quarters of vascular patients who were initially improved at posttreatment remained improved at 2 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-432
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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