Migraine Impact on Spouses, Partners, Family Members

New research conducted at Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, confirms that the debilitating effects of migraine extend beyond the sufferer’s pain and disability, to negatively impact the emotional, financial, and social well-being of family and caregivers. Lead author Dawn C. Buse, PhD, director of Behavioral Medicine, Montefiore Headache Center, and associate professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, commented, “This study highlights the significant burden that migraine can have on a wide range of family activities, parenting responsibilities, spousal relationships, and family finances.” The study was undertaken in partnership with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Vedanta Research, the Mayo Clinic, and Allergan plc, and published earlier this week in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Entitled “Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO),” the study surveyed over 4,000 patients with migraine and their spouses or partners. One-half of these migraineurs reported missing at least 1 family activity per month, leading 41% of sufferers and 23% of partners to the belief that migraine was negatively impacting parental effectiveness. 33% of migraineurs and 21% of their partners reported concerns over long-term family financial security stemming from migraine incidents. A follow-up research effort, entitled “Impact of Migraine on Partners and Children Scale (IMPACS),” will endeavor to quantify the family burden of migraine, as a step to achieving better outcomes for both patients with migraine and their families.

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