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Migraine is a common and disabling primary headache disorder. It is the third most common disease in the world in both males and females. Globally, it is the highest cause of years lived with disability (YLDs) amongst those aged 15-49. This is generally when people are at their most productive, furthering their careers and starting families – it therefore has a huge impact on people’s career paths and the economy in general.

This paper

The overall aims of the research were to:

  • assess the prevalence and socioeconomic impact of migraine on the UK, estimating both the indirect and direct costs attributable to it;
  • explore the barriers to optimal health and work-related outcomes for people with migraine; and
  • develop a series of evidence-based recommendations – aimed at policymakers – which have the potential to reduce migraine’s burden for the benefit of government, employers and the millions of individuals (and their families) in the UK that experience it.