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Cephalalgia. 2011 Feb;31(3):301-15. doi: 10.1177/0333102410381145. Epub 2010 Sep 2.

Disability, HRQoL and resource use among chronic and episodic migraineurs: results from the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS).

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The Neurology Center, 320 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024, USA. blumenfeld@neurocenter.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Migraine imposes significant burden on patients, their families and health care systems. In this study, we compared episodic to chronic migraine sufferers to determine if migraine status predicted headache-related disability, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and health care resource utilization.

METHODS:

A Web-based survey was administered to panelists from nine countries. Participants were classified as having chronic migraine (CM), episodic migraine (EM) or neither using a validated questionnaire. Data collected and then analyzed included sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, Migraine Disability Assessment, Migraine-Specific Quality of Life v2.1, Patient Health Questionnaire and health care resource utilization.

FINDINGS:

Of the respondents, 5.7% had CM and 94.3% had EM, with CM patients reporting significantly more severe disability, lower HRQoL, higher levels of anxiety and depression and greater health care resource utilization compared to those with EM.

INTERPRETATION:

These results provide evidence that will enhance our understanding of the factors driving health care costs and will contribute to development of cost-effective health care strategies.

PMID:
20813784
DOI:
10.1177/0333102410381145
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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