I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

Papers: 9 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019


2019 Feb 09

Curr Pain Headache Rep



Migraine: Stigma in Society.


Parikh SK, Young WB
Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2019 Feb 09; 23(1):8.
PMID: 30739216.


Migraine is a prevalent disease with a substantial socioeconomic impact. However, stigma affects social attitude toward migraine, accruing additional burden on individuals with migraine and isolating them from a society that should be supporting them. PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW: This review will discuss the following concepts: (1) the emergence of stigma toward migraine and its impact on medical care; (2) internalized stigma among those with migraine and its detrimental effect on quality of life and patient-physician relationships; (3) the structural impact of stigma on research funding, workplace support, and specialized care; and (4) strategies for "rebranding" the disease and alleviating stigma toward migraine. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature on condition rebranding offers strategies on how to define and communicate migraine to the public. Rebranding of migraine to alleviate societal stigma is paramount. This involves use of unified language, education, and advocacy.