Quality of life among migraine patients: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey

  • Gopal Vishwas Esic medical college and hospital faridabad
  • Monica Aggarwal
  • Angelika Batta Apcer Life Sciences, Mohan Estate
  • Himanshu Chhabra ESIC medical college and hospital
Keywords: Migraine, Headache, Chronic disease, quality of life


Background: Migraine is a chronic disorder which can negatively affects the quality of life of patients. So, we aimed to investigate the quality of life among migraine patients by conducting a questionnaire-based survey.  

Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study which was conducted in the Department of Pharmacology in collaboration with Department of Medicine, ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Faridabad after prior approval from the Institutional Ethics Committee. The study period was of 6 months (Feb 2019–July 2019).  100 patients suffering from migraine were enrolled, out of which 97 agreed to participate in the study. For assessment of health related quality of life (HRQol) we used the validated Migraine disability assessment (MIDAS) score and Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) score.

Results: A total of 100 migraine patients completed the questionnaire. Majority of them belonged to 31-40 years of age. Seventy-seven percent of the participants were females, and almost half of the participants (54%) reported having family history of migraine. Sixty-six percent of the participants reported being diagnosed with migraine for >5 years, and 39% reported migraine attacks ranging from 1 to 4 times/month. The most common drug used for pain during migraine attack was paracetamol (acetaminophen) (78.4%) followed by stronger analgesics like ibuprofen, mefenamic acid, naproxen etc (49%); and tryptan derivatives (26%). The most used preventive medication was amitriptyline (49%) followed by propranolol (37%).

Conclusion:  Chronic migraine has a negative impact on quality of life, predominantly in younger age of patients, patients with repeated episodes, those who are not using preventing medication and those suffering from chronic disease.


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Vishwas G, Monica Aggarwal, Angelika Batta, Himanshu Chhabra. Quality of life among migraine patients: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey. Int Arch BioMed Clin Res [Internet]. 2021Dec.31 [cited 2022Aug.9];7(4):PH4-PH7. Available from: https://iabcr.org/index.php/iabcr/article/view/744