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Human Studies


2021 Dec 18

J Headache Pain



The relationship between headache-attributed disability and lost productivity: 2. Empirical evidence from population-based studies in nine disparate countries.


Thomas H, Kothari S F, Husøy A, Jensen R H, Katsarava Z, Tinelli M, Steiner TJ
J Headache Pain. 2021 Dec 18; 22(1):153.
PMID: 34922442.


Headache disorders are disabling, with major consequences for productivity, yet the literature is silent on the relationship between headache-attributed disability and lost productivity, often erroneously regarding the two as synonymous. We evaluated the relationship empirically, having earlier found that investment in structured headache services would be cost saving, not merely cost-effective, if reductions in headache-attributed disability led to > 20% pro rata recovery of lost productivity.