Disability and migraine: MIDAS

D. D'Amico, S. Usai, L. Grazzi, M. Leone, A. Rigamonti, C. Nespolo, G. Bussone

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Migraine is an heterogeneous disorder. Most patients are disabled both in work and in non-work activities. Different instruments to assess migraine-related disability have been developed. Among these, the migraine disability assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire is the most studied. Population-based studies have shown that MIDAS is a simple but reliable and scientifically sound instrument. This instrument improves patient-physician communication. It can help healthcare professionals to understand migraine severity in individual patients, and rapidly assess treatment needs (screening instrument). Furthermore, reduction in headache-related disability is a major goal of migraine treatment. Change in MIDAS score after treatment intervention may be a useful end point, both in everyday practice and in clinical trials. Ongoing studies will confirm the potential of MIDAS as a valid outcome measure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Communication
  • Disability
  • Migraine
  • Migraine disability assessment (MIDAS) questionnaire
  • Outcome measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)


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