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A population-based survey of headache and migraine in 22,809 adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8262779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A population-based epidemiological study of the prevalence of headache in a sample of 24,682 adults was carried out in Finland. Enquiries were made concerning the frequency of headache, migraine and characteristics of headache attacks in a questionnaire survey in 1981. Headache was classified as migraine, and headache without migrainous features. Possible somatic causes of headache were excluded by record-linkage with three nation-wide medical registries. The prevalence of both headache types depended on age and gender. Among women the overall prevalence of migraine was 10.1% with a maximum of 11.5% in the 40-49 age group. The prevalence rate among men was 2.5% and the female/male gender ratio was 4.0. Women with migraine had an average of 52.5 headache occasions during a year and men with migraine 61 headache occasions per year. At the individual level, headache without migrainous features was least invalidating. There were only 16.5 headache occasions a year among women and 11.5 among men. However, from a population perspective headache without migrainous features accounted for 46.5% of all headache occasions among women and for 60.8% among men. Thus, from the public health view-point, studies of "non-clinical" headache, e.g. headache without migrainous features should be emphasized.
M L Honkasalo; J Kaprio; K Heikkilä; M Sillanpää; M Koskenvuo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Headache     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0017-8748     ISO Abbreviation:  Headache     Publication Date:  1993 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-27     Completed Date:  1994-01-27     Revised Date:  2009-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985091R     Medline TA:  Headache     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  403-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cross-Sectional Studies
Finland / epidemiology
Headache / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / epidemiology*
Population Surveillance*
Registries / statistics & numerical data
Sex Factors

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