Reports can be emailed to the patient to print or emailed directly to the doctor.

Settings has links online to several resources. The Quick Start Quide is downloaded to iBooks so it will reside on the user’s device. The app itself can be used when there is no internet access.

Healthcare Goals:

iHeadache aims to improve communication between patient and provider regarding headache episodes with a neurologist-designed headache diary. It also serves to give the patient a more thorough understanding of their own disease, with the ability to monitor triggers, medication use, frequency, and duration of headaches as well as degree of disability.

Evidence to Support Goals:

The headache diary is a familiar tool used by physicians and patients alike to document and understand the causes of headache, results of medications, and classification of the headache (migraine, tension, etc.) There is little overall research [1] to be found on how effective this strategy is.

Per the study referenced, by Jensen, Tassorelli, et al. (2011), a headache diary was found to be effective for patients with severe and frequent headaches. So Physicians could consider using this diary with patients for whom headaches can be particularly debilitating.

Price:

  • Free — with an annoying popup ad
  • $4.99 — gets rid of the ad

Likes:

  • App is linked to a website with extensive support for patients, soon to be even more extensive when it syncs with a web portal for ongoing support and research capabilities.
  • Quick and easy input of data
  • Excellent graphics and instructions in the “Quick Start Guide”

Dislikes:

  • The popup ad is annoying but the “no ad” version is pricey.
  • Suggested Additional Feature: Longer duration of headaches–app limits a headache episode to one day

Conclusions:

  • iHeadache is a tool for tracking headaches with the iPhone and Blackberry. It is easy to use, a maximum of two clicks to any data. It was designed by a neurologist with an interest in migraine. It tracks pain, medication use, triggers and symptoms then classifies headache types using IHS II criteria.

Bottom Line:

This app could be recommended by physicians who work with headache patients. It can improve communication to assist patient and doctor in understanding a specific patients headache patterns and medication use. Per the data found in the Jensen, Tassorelli, et all. (2011) study, headache diaries can be useful for patients with severe and frequent headaches — suggesting this app would have less clinical utility in patients with infrequent headaches.

iTunes link 

1. Jensen, R. A basic diagnostic headache diary (BDHD) is well accepted and useful in the diagnosis of headache. a multicentre European and Latin American study. 2012-06-28. URL:http://cep.sagepub.com/content/31/15/1549.abstract. Accessed: 2012-06-28. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/68lwiSl5m)

Disclaimer:

This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.