Quality statement 5 (placeholder): Raising public and professional awareness
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Raising public and professional awareness of primary headache disorders has the potential to improve the quality of life for young people and adults with a primary headache disorder. This disorder remains under-diagnosed because often people do not consult a healthcare professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis. In some cases this leads to self-medication, which may be inappropriate and can lead to medication overuse headache. Raising public and professional awareness of headaches could increase the number of people consulting healthcare professionals, leading to an increase in accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment and prevention of headaches.