Results from a recent analysis of trends in US migraine prevalence show disease burden higher in populations that may be neglected. Are any of your patients at risk?
Current Migraine Trends in the US. This analysis aimed to find out what the current trends in migraines/severe headaches are in the US, if trends have changed over time, and which groups bear the highest burden.
Nationally Representative Study of Migraine Trends. Data from three large governmental health surveillance studies (NHIS, NHAMCS, and NAMCS) evaluated the prevalence of migraines/severe headaches in adults.
Migraine Burden High but Mostle Stable in US Adults. In 2015, females (20.7%) had a higher burden of migraines/severe headaches over a 3-month period than men (9.7%) and a higher prevalence of stable migraines/severe headaches between 2006 and 2015 than men (20.3% vs 9.5%).
Headache Burden Varies by Race/Ethnicity and Age. American Indian/Alaskan natives have the highest headache burden at 18.4%. Also, migraine burden is highest in younger and older age groups.
Socioeconomic Status Associated with Headache Burden. Socioeconomic status plays a role in headache burden with 21.7% of people with headache burden living below the poverty line and 26% on Medicaid.
Take Home Points:
Migraines are widespread in the US and also concentrated in defined populations. Results of a recent analysis of trends in disease burden and distribution were published in the most recent edition of the journal Headache.Are any of your patients in a population disproportionately affected by migraine? Scan through the short slide show above for information that could help improve primary intervention.For more information:Â Burch R, Rizzoli P, Loder E, et al. The Prevalence and impact of migraine and severe headache in the United States: Figures and trends from government health studies. Headache. 2018; 58:496-505.Â