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2019 Oct

Plast Reconstr Surg



“Like a Normal Person Again”: A Qualitative Analysis of the Impact of Headache Surgery.


Afifi AM, Schwarze ML, Stilp EK, Orne J, Smith JP, Abd-Elsayed AA, Anderson BM, Salem A, Macdonald CL, Israel JS
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Oct; 144(4):956-964.
PMID: 31568311.


Outcomes after migraine surgery have been previously assessed using quantitative measurements, including the migraine headache index. Qualitative methodologies offer the ability to analyze patients' perceptions and pain experience, and may point to changes in domains not captured by quantitative instruments. The purpose of this study was to characterize individual patients' experiences with migraines and to analyze how patients' experience of headaches changes in relation to surgery.