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This paper is the culmination of a programme of work which aims to improve the experience of work for people living with migraine (PLWM). In doing so, it has sought to establish:

  • the case for action on migraine in the workplace, demonstrating that migraine is a serious condition with a substantial, but addressable, cost and impact on individuals’ working lives;
  • what a ‘migraine-friendly’ workplace looks like; and
  • what steps can be taken to make workplaces more migraine-friendly and thus improve the experience of work for PLWM.

This paper is split into three parts. The first (Chapter 2) provides a definition of migraine, an estimate of its prevalence and costs, and its impact on employment in Europe. The second part (Chapter 3) draws on evidence of the challenges PLWM experience in the workplace and, in turn, maps out what a ‘good’, ‘migraine-friendly’ work environment would look like. In the third part (Chapter 4) we consider what policy action can be taken to create more migraine-friendly work environments which will, in turn, improve the experience of work for PLWM. Finally, we outline our conclusions and recommendations (Chapter 5).

The work has been informed by an evidence review of relevant academic and grey literature, analysis of the latest data on migraine from a range of sources, and insights gained from qualitative interviews with a number of EU and country level stakeholders with expertise in areas ranging from the management of migraine and other health conditions – in both clinical and workplace settings – to organisational change and workplace innovation. It therefore offers an account of how to improve the experience of work for PLWM from the perspective of a diverse range of stakeholders (i.e. covering not just health but also social and employment policy).

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