Migraine in the United States: a review of epidemiology and health care use

Neurology. 1993 Jun;43(6 Suppl 3):S6-10.


According to the American Migraine Study, 17.6% of females and 6.0% of males in the United States currently suffer from severe migraine. These findings are based on the responses of more than 20,000 people to a self-administered questionnaire mailed to respondents. The study reveals that migraine prevalence varies according to age, gender, and income. Despite high rates of headache-related disability, the study also shows that most people with migraine have never been diagnosed by a doctor or treated with prescription medications. To improve diagnosis and treatment of migraine, public health interventions are indicated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Migraine Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Physician's Role
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Factors
  • United States / epidemiology