The Journal of Headache and Pain

Official Journal of the "European Headache Federation" and of "Lifting The Burden - The Global Campaign against Headache"

The Journal of Headache and Pain Cover Image
Open Access

The impact of headache on quality of life

  • Gisela M. Terwindt,
  • Michel D. Ferrari and
  • Lenore J. Launer
The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches4:00007


Population-based studies have shown that migraineurs have reduced HRQoL independent of depression. Furthermore, HRQoL is reduced with increasing migraine attack frequency. In both population-based and clinic-based studies, CDH patients have reduced HRQoL, most marked in subjects with analgesic overuse. In one population-based study, no difference in HRQoL was found between patients with transformed migraine (TM) and patients with CTTH. However, the number of patients in this study was relatively small. In a clinic-based study, SF-36 scores in patients with chronic daily headache (CDH) depended on the percentage of the type of patients in the sample: the greater the proportion of patientsa with TM, the more impaired the SF-36 scores.

Key words HRQoLQuality of lifeHeadacheMigraineCluster headache



By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.