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An Italian pilot study on the use of the migraine disability assessment questionnaire

  • Domenico D'Amico,
  • Alessandra Ferraris,
  • Licia Grazzi,
  • Susanna Usai,
  • Massimo Leone and
  • Gennaro Bussone
The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches1:00010047.10194

DOI: 10.1007/s101940050010

Abstract

The migraine disability assessment questionnaire (MIDAS) is a recently developed, validated questionnaire for assessing the impact of migraine on individual patients. We carried out a pilot study to assess the stability and reliability of a preliminary Italian version of MIDAS, based on the original 6-item version. One hundred four patients with migraine without aura completed the MIDAS form during a session with a neurologist and again 21 days later. Eighhty-six patients (83%) returned the second form. Pearson's (r = 0.8) and Spearman's (r = 0.7) tests showed a good test-retest reliability for the scores obtained at first and second compilations. In the majority of patients, the disability grade was stable after 21 days (Wilcoxon signed rank test p > 0.05). Our preliminary adaptation of the MIDAS questionnaire is satisfactorily stable and highly reliable, preparing the way for definitive Italian version.

Key words Migraine Disability Migraine disability assessment questionnaire MIDAS Italian version Reliability