Migraine and Headache Burden: Distressing Data in New WHO Report

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Lifting the Burden (LTB) has been released with statistics and information about the world-wide burden of Migraine and other headache disorders. The 35-page report is titled "Atlas of Headache Disorders and Resources in the World 2011."


    Dr. Shekhar Saxena of the WHO said,

    "Headache and migraine disorders are greatly underrated and underreported by health systems and receive too little attention... Headaches can be debilitating for many people, rendering them unable to work. During migraine attacks, 90 percent of people postpone household chores, almost three-quarters have limited ability to work and half of them miss work entirely... Governments must take the issue more seriously, train health personnel in headache disorder diagnosis and treatment, and ensure appropriate medication is available and used properly."

    The report has some startling information about how few people are properly diagnosed, how few people are getting appropriate treatment, and the lack of physician education about Migraine and other headache disorders.

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    Last updated May 17, 2011.

Published On: May 17, 2011