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Correlations of headache diary parameters, quality of life and disability scales


Hoppe, A; Weidenhammer, W; Wagenpfeil, S; Melchart, D; Linde, K (2009). Correlations of headache diary parameters, quality of life and disability scales. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 49(6):868-878.

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate (1) to which extent headache diary variables correlate among each other; (2) to which extent they correlate with generic measures of quality of life and disability; (3) and whether correlations vary over time. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of data from 301 patients suffering from migraine and 270 patients suffering from tension-type headache collected in 2 randomized trials of acupuncture. We calculated product-moment correlation coefficients. RESULTS: Correlations between diary parameters varied to a great extent. Attack frequency, a measure recommended by the International Headache Society as a primary outcome measure for migraine prophylaxis trials, correlated only moderately with other diary outcomes. At baseline the parameters measured in the headache diary correlated only weakly with the generic outcome measures. After 12 weeks these correlations had increased considerably. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that participants in headache trials "learn" to fill in diaries and generic instruments in a more consistent manner during the course of the study.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate (1) to which extent headache diary variables correlate among each other; (2) to which extent they correlate with generic measures of quality of life and disability; (3) and whether correlations vary over time. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of data from 301 patients suffering from migraine and 270 patients suffering from tension-type headache collected in 2 randomized trials of acupuncture. We calculated product-moment correlation coefficients. RESULTS: Correlations between diary parameters varied to a great extent. Attack frequency, a measure recommended by the International Headache Society as a primary outcome measure for migraine prophylaxis trials, correlated only moderately with other diary outcomes. At baseline the parameters measured in the headache diary correlated only weakly with the generic outcome measures. After 12 weeks these correlations had increased considerably. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that participants in headache trials "learn" to fill in diaries and generic instruments in a more consistent manner during the course of the study.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Complementary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:2009
Deposited On:16 Mar 2010 16:08
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 00:40
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0017-8748
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1526-4610.2009.01434.x
PubMed ID:19438730

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