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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Jan;52(1):8-14. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181c1dc56.

Employment and work impact of chronic migraine and episodic migraine.

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Geisinger Clinic, Center for Health Research, Danville, PA 17822, USA. wfstewart@geisinger.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine work impact of chronic migraine (CM) versus episodic migraine (EM).

METHODS:

Data were from the 2005 American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention study, a longitudinal population survey of more than 11,000 migraineurs. Lost productive time (LPT) was measured as missed work hours plus reduced productivity hour equivalents.

RESULTS:

Those with CM were 19% less likely to be working for pay compared with migraineurs with <or=3 headache-days/month. On average, those with CM lost 4.6 hours/wk from headache compared with 1.1 hours for those with <or=3 headache-days/month. Those with 10 to 14 headache-days/month or with CM accounted for 9.1% of employed migraineurs, 20.8% of work-related LPT, and 35% of the overall lost work time when considering medical leave and unemployment.

CONCLUSIONS:

The work impact of CM and high frequency EM will be underestimated if employment status is not measured.

PMID:
20042889
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181c1dc56
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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