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Neurology. 1993 Jun;43(6 Suppl 3):S6-10.

Migraine in the United States: a review of epidemiology and health care use.

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Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.


According to the American Migraine Study, 17.6% of females and 6.0% of males in the United States currently suffer from severe migraine. These findings are based on the responses of more than 20,000 people to a self-administered questionnaire mailed to respondents. The study reveals that migraine prevalence varies according to age, gender, and income. Despite high rates of headache-related disability, the study also shows that most people with migraine have never been diagnosed by a doctor or treated with prescription medications. To improve diagnosis and treatment of migraine, public health interventions are indicated.

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