Disability, Quality of Life, and Socioeconomic Burden of Cluster Headache: A Critical Review of Current Evidence and Future Perspectives

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Abstract

Objective: To summarize the available evidence on disability, quality of life (QoL), and economic burden on societies of cluster headache (CH), and to present which tools have been used to measure these domains with indications for future research. Background: CH is a rare and severe primary headache. The focus of research on this disorder has historically been on understanding its complex pathophysiological mechanisms, whereas personal and global healthcare impact, disability, and QoL received little attention. Methods: We reviewed the available literature published up to 2019, identifying primary research addressing QoL, disability, impact, or impairment in daily life due to episodic CH (ECH) or chronic CH (CCH), and its societal impact. Results: CH produces a significant impact on sufferers QoL, disability, and work-related aspects, with a stronger impact on CCH than ECH. The CH-related disability appears to be greater than is seen in subjects with other primary headache disorders. Conclusions: Information about patient-reported outcomes is rarely collected in patients with CH. An effort to improve the amount of information on the lived experience of patients with CH is needed and CH-specific disability and QoL measures require development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-818
Number of pages10
JournalHeadache
Volume60
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2020

Keywords

  • burden
  • cluster headache
  • cost of disorder
  • disability
  • impact
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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