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2024 Mar 04

J Headache Pain




The impact of primary headaches on disability outcomes: a literature review and meta-analysis to inform future iterations of the Global Burden of Disease study.


Waliszewska-Prosół M, Montisano DA, Antolak M, Bighiani F, Cammarota F, Cetta I, Corrado M, Ihara K, Kartamysheva R, Petrušić I, Pocora MM, Takizawa T, Vaghi G, Martelletti P, Corso B, Raggi A


The burden and disability associated with headaches are conceptualized and measured differently at patients’ and populations’ levels. At the patients’ level, through patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs); at population level, through disability weights (DW) and years lived with a disability (YLDs) developed by the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). DW are 0-1 coefficients that address health loss and have been defined through lay descriptions. With this literature review, we aimed to provide a comprehensive analysis of disability in headache disorders, and to present a coefficient referring to patients’ disability which might inform future GBD definitions of DW for headache disorders.