Migraine is a highly prevalent disorder that has eluded attempts at identification and effective treatment. The World Health Organization has determined that 3000 migraine attacks occur daily for each million of the general population. In individuals with undiagnosed migraine, 32% are incorrectly diagnosed with tension headache, and up to 50% are incorrectly diagnosed with sinus headache. In a recent multinational study, about half the respondents had seen a physician, and, of those, 65% indicated dissatisfaction with their present prescription treatment. The remainder had used only over-the-counter medications. In 2000 and 2001, pharmacists recommended over-the-counter headache remedies more than 53,000 times a day. Only an estimated 10% of migraine sufferers who should be using migraine prevention therapy are receiving it.
In this multinational study (MAZE Phases I & II), 90% felt that migraine was a more serious disorder than most people realize, and most wanted to see an increased public awareness of migraine. Less than 25% felt that migraine did not significantly affect their lives. All migraineurs and 60% of tension-type headache sufferers experience a reduction in their ability to function in social activities and in work capacity. Yet, the public and most healthcare professionals perceive headache as minor or trivial, according to the World Health Organization.
Migraine accounts for an estimated 1.4 years of life lost due to disability overall (men and women), and 2.0 years of life lost due to disability in women. In the past 90 days, 24% of migraine sufferers have required emergency department treatment. Headache is one of the most common causes of absenteeism from work. Migraine sufferers miss 1.1 days of work due to headache every three months. Even more common and more problematic is the downtime due to migraine sufferers who remain at work with a migraine, but who are less than fully functional. Most migraineurs estimate that they are 40-60% less productive while suffering a migraine. In fact, in analyzing and summarizing studies of productivity loss in the workplace due to migraine, the conclusion was reached that businesses are subject to a loss of 2.4 hours of productive time per week per migraine sufferer on an average basis.
And yet, only half of those individuals who would qualify for a migraine diagnosis if seen by a physician even know that their headaches are, in fact, migraines.
Clearly, something must be done to remedy the situation.
The concept behind HEADquarters Migraine Management is to address this very problem, and to do so where it most affects productivity: in the workplace.
By identifying the scope of the problem and quantifying productivity losses, it is possible to evaluate the magnitude of your dollar losses annually due to migraine. Through a thorough and comprehensive educational health and wellness program directed at migraine awareness and prevention, these losses can be substantially reduced.
Our goal is to empower migraine sufferers to seek the most appropriate means to control their headaches, and to live as healthy and headache-free lives as is possible. We believe this is in the best interest of all parties concerned.