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A validation study of an Italian version of the ID Migraine: preliminary results

  • F. Brighina1Email author,
  • G. Salemi1,
  • B. Fierro1,
  • A. Gasparro2,
  • G. Balletta3,
  • A. Aloisio3,
  • G. La Pegna4,
  • G. Randisi5,
  • V. Saporito6,
  • G. Calagna7,
  • F. Lanaia8 and
  • R. Morana8
The Journal of Headache and Pain20056:189

Published: 20 July 2005


Migraine is a highly prevalent and disabling disease that is substantially undiagnosed in primary care. Recently, the ID Migraine, a self–administered questionnaire, was shown to be a valid and reliable screener for migraine in primary care in the USA. To validate an Italian version of the ID Migraine, we planned a multicentric study, evaluating at least 220 patients affected by various form of headache. The responses to the questionnaire were compared with the diagnosis of headache made by a headache specialist blind to the result of the questionnaire. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for migraine were calculated. The statistical analysis on 140 patients now examined showed a very good performance of the ID Migraine with high sensitivity: 0.94 (95% CI: 0.89–0.95), specificity: 0.70 (95% CI: 0.54–0.86) and positive predictive value: 0.89 (0.82–0.95). If confirmed, these results would establish ID Migraine as a valid screening instrument for migraine in Italian headache patients and warrant further investigation in primary care to assess the validity of this ID screener in Italian population.

Key words

MigraineID migraineItalian ID migraineMigraine recognitionHeadache centersPrimary care