Comparisons of disability, quality of life, and resource use between chronic and episodic migraineurs: A clinic-based study in Taiwan

Shuu Jiun Wang*, Po Jen Wang, Jong Ling Fuh, Kuan Po Peng, Kwong Ng

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Abstract

Background: The International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS) showed chronic migraine (CM) was associated with a higher disease burden than episodic migraine (EM). However, in this study Asians with CM were underrepresented. Objectives: We investigated if CM and EM differed in headache-related disability, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and health care resource utilization in Taiwan. Methods: This study recruited patients with EM and CM from two headache clinics in Taiwan. Diagnosis was made by physicians based on Silberstein-Lipton criteria. Participants completed a questionnaire including sociodemographics, Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS), EuroQol five-dimensions (EQ-5D), Migraine-Specific Quality of Life v2.1 (MSQ), Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4), productivity and health care resource utilization. Results: A total of 331 patients (EM, n=164 (49.5%); CM, n=167 (50.5%)) completed the study. CM patients reported a significantly higher MIDAS score, lower generic (EQ-5D visual analogue scale score and EQ-5D index score) and migraine-specific (all three domains of MSQ) HRQoL, higher levels of anxiety and depression (PHQ-4≥6) and greater health care resource utilization and productivity loss than those with EM. Positive correlations were found between these instruments and levels of anxiety and depression. Conclusion: Compared to EM, CM was significantly associated with higher disability, lower HRQoL and greater health care resource utilization and productivity loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-181
Number of pages11
JournalCephalalgia
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • burden
  • Chronic migraine
  • disability
  • headache
  • migraine
  • quality of life

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