In 2010, EMHA launched its Madrid Manifesto for Migraine/ Headache Disorders at the Spanish Parliament to mark European Migraine Day of Action. This document outlined our 5-year objectives to improve migraine management, education and awareness across Europe.
To assess progress in implementing the aims of the Manifesto, EMHA ran its second Access to Care survey. The survey was translated and circulated by our Members across the continent. Patients in over ten European countries completed the questionnaire and gave us their perspective on how they rated the management and treatment of their headache disorders by their national healthcare system.
The results were compared to the first EMHA Access to Care Survey, which has been carried out in 2008. Unfortunately, despite the support for the Madrid Manifesto, no change has been observed in patient satisfaction and treatment rates.
EMHA will work on implementing a new campaign in 2014 with the aim of increasing awareness of headache disorders and striving to ensure that the objectives of the Madrid Manifesto can become a reality in future.