The Journal of Headache and Pain

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

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Disability and migraine: recent outcomes using an Italian version of MIDAS

  • Domenico D'Amico and
  • Gennaro Bussone
The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches4:00008


Migraine is associated with functional impairment. The migraine disability assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire is a scientific instrument which captures headache-related disability. The Italian version of MIDAS was developed through a multistep standardized methodology. Studies on Italian clinical samples confirmed that migraine patients are disabled in all activity domains. Migraine exhibits a peculiar disability pattern: non-work activities are more affected than work activities; among patients in paid work, most continue working with a headache attack. We also found that MIDAS disability grades correlate with health-related quality of life scores at the SF-36 survey, namely with the extent to which physical health, emotional state and pain interfere with functioning in different roles. We conclude that MIDAS (also in its Italian version) is a reliable and useful instrument for assessing the impact of migraine on patients' daily activities, and that it can used not only in clinical practice but also in clinical research.

Key words MigraineDisabilityMigraine disability assessment questionnaire (MIDAS)Italian versionDisability patternHealth-related quality of life



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