The My Migraine Voice survey was initiated and funded by
Among survey participants in the U.S., approximately 63 percent reported overall work impairment due to migraine.
"From being afraid to speak up about their disease at work in fear of losing their jobs, to feeling judged by colleagues, the stigma around migraine in the workplace is an ongoing issue that the migraine community faces daily," said
Further, employed respondents in the U.S. reported they felt lack of support and judged. For example:
Previous studies have shown that 90 percent of people say they cannot work or function with a migraine.5 In the My Migraine Voice survey, 72 percent of the respondents in the U.S. who were employed, including self-employed, needed at least one day off of work in the last month due to their migraine, with more than half of the respondents mentioning they could not work up to five days in a month.4
Further results on the physical and economic burden of migraine will be released at upcoming medical meetings, and the findings from the survey are being prepared for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
About My Migraine Voice Survey
The My Migraine Voice survey was a global survey assessing the worldwide migraine burden from the patient's perspective.1,4 Data was collected via a 30-minute online questionnaire fielded in 31 countries between
Participants were recruited via online panels in all countries. In 12 countries, some participants were recruited through patient advocacy organizations (
The average age of respondents was 39.4 Sixty-three percent were married and 73 percent reported that they were employed in some capacity (full-time, part-time, self-employed or studying).4 The survey highlighted the chronic nature of migraine, with more than one in three respondents (37 percent) reporting they have been affected for 16 or more years.4
The study was conducted by the market research company Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK) in
People with frequent migraine may lose more than half their life to migraine. They endure debilitating pain, physical impairment, and live in constant dread of the next attack – all of which is compounded by a widespread misperception of the disease.5 The 2016 Global Burden of Disease Study ranks migraine among the top 10 causes of years lived with disability worldwide.6 Migraine is associated with personal and societal burdens of pain, disability, and financial cost, and it remains under-recognized and under-treated.5
About Amgen and Novartis Neuroscience Collaboration
In August 2015, Amgen entered into a global collaboration with Novartis to develop and commercialize pioneering treatments in the field of migraine and Alzheimer's disease. At the center of the Amgen and Novartis neuroscience collaboration is the shared mission to fight migraine and the stereotypes and misperceptions surrounding this debilitating disease.
Migraine has gone under-appreciated and under-treated for too long.
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4 Data on file.
5Lipton RB, et al. Migraine prevalence, disease burden, and the need for preventative therapy. Neurology. 2007; 68(5):343-9
6 GBD 2016 Disease and Injury Incidence and Prevalence Collaborators. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 328 diseases and injuries for 195 countries, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. Lancet. 2017;388:1545-1602.
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