Thank you to our patients who took part in this survey. Results can be seen below.

Methods and subjects

A survey considering the cost in medication and the impact at work and on social life was carried out in the course of November 2014, using the web-based survey tool SurveyMonkey®.

Patients from the National Migraine Centre (London, UK) were contacted by e-mail to take part in the survey.

The aim was to evaluate the impact of migraine sufferer on their everyday life. 8 questions, concerning 3 topics (medication cost, impact on work, impact on social life) have been asked:

  1. In the last month, how much have you spent on treating your migraine, Eg, Medicine, therapies, prescriptions, devices etc? (Please state in this format to the nearest pound, Eg, ‘34,00’)
  2. In an average month, how much have you spent on treating your migraine, Eg, Medicine, therapies, prescriptions, devices etc? (Please state in this format to the nearest pound, Eg, ‘34,00’)
  3. In the last month, how many days’ work have you lost out on due to your migraine? (Please round up to the nearest number in the drop down list)
  4. In an average month, how many days’ work do you lose out on? (Please round up to the nearest number in the drop down list)
  5. In the last month, how many social events have you been unable to attend due to your migraine? (Please state a number rounded up to the nearest full number. Eg. round 6.5 events to ‘7’)
  6. Approximately how many hours would this equate to? Please state a number only, rounded up to the nearest hour. (Eg. round 21.5 hours to ’22’)
  7. In an average month, how many social events do you usually miss out on? (Please state a number only, rounded up to the nearest full number. (Eg. round 6.5 events to ‘7’)
  8. And again approximately how many hours would this equate to? Please state a number only, rounded up to the nearest hour. (Eg. round 21.5 hours to ’22’)

All questions were open-ended, except 3 and 4 (max 31).

It was not mandatory to fill in all the fields in order to submit the answer.

Comments could be added after questions 1, 2, 5 and 8.

Results

A total of 1060 patients have participated to the survey, which took place from November 04 until November 12, 2014.

Impact on Work

A total of 931 entries have been used for the last month (Question 3) and 939 entries for the average month (Question 4). The following graph shows the repartition of the population per number of lost days of work per month.

Cost of Migraine to You

For the overall population, the mean value for the monthly number of lost days of work was 5.4 in the last month (SD=7.7; N=931) and 5.0 in the average month (SD=7.1; N=939).

Impact on social life

A total of 874 entries have been used for the last month (Question 3) and 861 entries for the average month (Question 4). The following graph shows the repartition of the population per number of missed social events.

Cost of Migraine to You_2

For the overall population, the mean value for the monthly number of missed social events was 3.2 in the last month (SD=2.4; N=864) and 3.2 in the average month (SD=2.9; N=852).

Cost of medication

A total of 1049 entries have been used for the last month (Question 1) and 1033 entries for the average month (Question 2). The following graph shows the repartition of the population per monthly cost of medication.

Cost of Migraine to You_3

For the overall population, the mean value for the monthly cost of medication was £55.52 in the last month (SD=171.05; N=1049) and £40.08 in the average month (SD=112.76; N=1033).

Discussion

This section provides some highlights of the key figures that can be extracted from the survey.

Impact on work

On average, the impact of the pathology in migraine sufferers on the work is about 5 days lost per month. In addition, about 5.5% have reported not being able to work at all due to the migraine, while 6.9% reported not having worked at all in the last month. In addition, about 8% of the participants have more than 14 days of absence due to their migraine in a month, while 10% reported having missed at least 15 days in the last month.

Impact on social life

In total, more than 1% of the migraine sufferer report that they miss all social events due to their condition. On average, the participant reported missing more than 3 social event every month.

Cost of medication

Every month, participants need to spend £40 on average for their medication against migraine. About 10% of them have free prescription, making this number decrease to £0. Nearly 10% of them are reporting that on average they spend more than £100 per month for their medication.

 

This study was supported by Cefaly®.