Yeh, WZ and Blizzard, L and Taylor, BV, What is the actual prevalence of migraine?, Brain and Behavior, 8, (6) Article e00950. ISSN 2162-3279 (2018) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: Attendees at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting (ANZAN ASM) 2017 were surveyed anonymously. Those surveyed included three groups: neurologists, neurology trainees, and others including nonclinical researchers, members of lay organizations, and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry.
Results: In total, 313 of 606 attendees responded (51.7%). 65.9% of neurologist, 57.4% of trainee, and 52.5% of others respondents had a personal history of migraine, with the difference between neurologists and others being statistically significant (p = .03). Migraine in migraineurs and nonmigraine headache in nonmigraineurs were nearly all self-diagnosed. Among neurologist migraineurs, 51.2% experienced migraine with aura and 43% migraine without aura.
Conclusions: Migraine prevalence is significantly higher in neurologists compared to non-neurologists and at least 2-3 times higher than reported in population prevalence studies. This may be due to significant under-recognition of migraine in non-neurologists. This under-recognition of migraine may significantly influence the search for genetic predictors and biomarkers of migraine.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||epidemiology, genetics, migraine, neurology, pain, prevalence|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Field:||Central nervous system|
|Objective Group:||Clinical health|
|Objective Field:||Clinical health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)|
|UTAS Author:||Taylor, BV (Professor Bruce Taylor)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||26|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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