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Table 1 The interview schedule

From: Experiences and perceptions of people with headache: a qualitative study

1. Could you tell me a bit about your headaches? e.g.
• How long have you been suffering from headaches?
• There all the time/on and off?
• Triggers?
• Associated features? (e.g. aura, vision problems)
• Severity, intensity?
2. How would you say your headaches affect your life? e.g.
• Do they stop you from working/carrying out daily duties?
• Do they affect your social life?
• Do they affect your ability to sleep?
• Do they affect your mood?
3. Have you ever been to see your GP about your headaches?
   YES
• What prompted you to go the first time?
• How did you feel the first consultation went?
• Would you say that you got what you wanted from the consultation?
• What would you say makes a consultation good or bad?
   NO
• Why haven't you been to see him/her?
• What would prompt you to go?
4. Do you still go to see your GP?
   YES
• Why do you still go?
• How do you feel the consultations go now?
   NO
• Why don't you go to see him/her anymore?
   How important is it to have a diagnosis?
5. Have you ever seen a hospital specialist about your headaches?
   YES
• How did/do you feel the consultation goes?
   NO
• Go to Question 6
6. Have you ever seen an alternative specialist for your headaches?
   YES
• What prompted you to go the first time?
• Were you satisfied with the consultation?
• Did you get what you wanted from the consultation?
• Do you still see him/her?
• Does your GP know you go?
   NO
• Would you ever consider going to see an alternative therapist?
7. What types of medications have you used/do you use to relieve the pain?
Prescribed?
Non-prescribed?
Alternative? (If not, would you consider using them?)
Why have you used these?
How helpful were they?
Why do you take medication e.g. to prevent/treat?
8. What else do you do to relieve your head pain?
9. Do you ever use other means such as self-help groups, the Internet or magazines/newspapers for information or help?
10. Do you feel you know enough about your condition?
11. How well do you feel your condition is managed either by a professional or in terms of self-management?
12. How do you view the future with regard your headaches?