Objectives: This pilot study examined the effectiveness and trainer skills of the first migraine lay trainers (MLTs). Methods: In a stepwise training program eight MLTs participated in a behavioural management training (BMT) aimed at the prevention of migraine attacks by proactive relaxation and trigger management. After successful reduction of their migraine attacks, three MLTs provided BMT under supervision at home to one fellow patient and subsequently to a small group. Results: Migraine frequency was significantly reduced in five out of eight patients trained by MLTs (mean 48%) and medication use decreased substantially in four patients (mean 47%). Qualities of MLTs concerned their motivational assistance, knowledge of premonitory symptoms and exchange of disease specific problems. Pitfalls were that migraine symptoms hampered an active guidance of the sessions and providing tailored feedback was difficult. Conclusion: The first MLTs were successful in training fellow patients in behavioural prevention of migraine attacks. Practice implications: Continuous supervision of MLTs health and trainer skills is recommended but is likely to have implications for cost-effectiveness.

Behavioural management, Chronic disease, Cost-effectiveness, Empowerment, Lay leaders, Migraine, Self-management
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2005.03.013, hdl.handle.net/1765/67329
Patient Education and Counseling
Department of Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Mérelle, S.Y.M, Sorbi, M.J, & Passchier, J. (2006). The preliminary effectiveness of migraine lay trainers in a home-based behavioural management training. Patient Education and Counseling, 61(2), 307–311. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2005.03.013