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Attitudes and burden of disease among self-considered migraineurs--a nation-wide population-based survey in Sweden

Författare och institution:
Mattias Linde (Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap); Carl Dahlöf (Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap)
Publicerad i:
Cephalalgia, 24 ( 6 ) s. 455-65
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
The authors have earlier reported a 1-year prevalence of 13.2 +/- 1.9% for migraine in Sweden. This is a subsequent extensive postal survey of the burden of disease and attitudes among migraineurs in a sample (n = 423, 23% men and 77% women, aged 18-74 years) randomly recruited from all main regions of the country, representative of adults in the general Swedish population with self-considered migraine. Results are presented only from participants who after analysis of symptoms were found to fulfil the International Headache Society's migraine criteria. In order to assess headache duration open-mindedly, the strict time criterion 4-72 h was deliberately disregarded as an inclusion criterion. Individuals who did not consider themselves to have migraine were excluded. Less than half of the group (45%) had received a diagnosis of migraine from a physician. Accordingly, a large number of individuals that would not have come to attention in a clinic-based study have been included. The mean attack frequency was 1.3 per month, and the number of attacks per year in Swedish adults is approximately 10 million. A minority (27%) of sufferers have a majority (68%) of all attacks. The mean attack duration was 19 h. A considerable number of individuals reported attacks < 4 h (15.8%) or > 72 h (6.4%). Less than half of the individuals recovered completely between the attacks. Despite this, only every fourth (27%) participant was currently consulting a physician (6% regularly; 21% occasionally). Most of the migraineurs reported absence from school or work, a negative influence of migraine on the most important aspects of life, and an interest in testing other treatments for migraine during the last year. Of those (n = 231) migraineurs who had consulted a physician, about 60% were satisfied with information given or treatment offered. This implies, however, that there is still room for improvement in the management of migraine in Sweden.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Medicinska grundvetenskaper ->
Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Attitude to Health, Chi-Square Distribution, Cost of Illness, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Migraine Disorders/ epidemiology/ psychology, Sweden/epidemiology
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2008-01-09 00:46

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