Migraine-related disability: Impact and implications for sufferers' lives and clinical issues

W. F. Holmes, E. A. MacGregor, D. Dodick

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Abstract

Migraine is a common, debilitating disorder that imposes a large personal burden on sufferers and high economic costs on society. Sufferers have a significant level of migraine-related disability in all aspects of their daily lives, including employment, household work, and non-work activities. Despite this burden of illness, physicians often do not diagnose or treat the illness effectively. Physicians consider that specific treatment is necessary when disability information is known but, until recently, no criteria have been available for assessment of migraine severity. Two studies indicate that information on disability is an important criterion in assessing migraine severity and influences physicians in their judgments of illness severity and treatment needs. However, physicians and patients often do not seek or share migraine-associated disability, which may contribute to suboptimal management. Efforts to improve knowledge of headache-related disability in the consultation have the potential to improve migraine management. An assessment tool that could reliably quantify headache-related disability has the potential for grading migraine severity and improving care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S13-S19
JournalNeurology
Volume56
Issue number6 SUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Apr 5 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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