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Migraine frequency and health utilities: findings from a multisite survey.
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PMID:  18380644     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Assess the relationship between migraine frequency and health utility. METHODS: Patients aged >/=18 years diagnosed with episodic migraine were enrolled at three US sites representing varied models of health-care delivery. All subjects completed a questionnaire that included demographic and clinical information, a migraine-specific disability questionnaire, and the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3). The HUI3 is a generic health status and health-related quality-of-life measure. HUI3 health status data are translated into utility scores anchored by 0 (dead) and 1 (perfect health). RESULTS: The study enrolled 150 patients. The mean age was 44 years and 87% were female. Mean (+/-SD) monthly migraine frequency was 4.4 +/- 3.6, with 34% reporting </=2 migraines per month and 20% reporting >6 migraines per month. The mean (+/-SD) HUI3 score was 0.62 +/- 0.26. After controlling for study center, demographics, comorbidities, migraine characteristics, and level of migraine disruptiveness, migraine frequency was found to be significantly (P < 0.05) and negatively associated with HUI3 scores. Subjects with >6 migraines per month had an adjusted mean HUI3 score of 0.41; the corresponding mean for those reporting </=2 migraines per month was 0.67. Migraine frequency was positively associated with higher levels of disability for the emotion, cognition, and pain components of the HUI3. CONCLUSIONS: Among this group of care-seeking patients, migraineurs' health utilities were inversely related to headache frequency. Although these data may not be generalizable to the entire migraine population, they may be useful in assessing the comparative cost-effectiveness of preventive migraine therapies.
Jeffrey S Brown; Peter J Neumann; George Papadopoulos; Gary Ruoff; Merle Diamond; Joseph Menzin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1524-4733     ISO Abbreviation:  Value Health     Publication Date:    2008 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-02     Completed Date:  2008-04-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883818     Medline TA:  Value Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection
Health Status Indicators*
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / complications,  epidemiology*
Patient Satisfaction
Quality of Life
United States / epidemiology

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