Headache intensity and quality of life in adolescents. How are changes in headache intensity in adolescents related to changes in experienced quality of life?

Headache. 1997 Jan;37(1):37-42. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1997.3701037.x.


Objective: To investigate the relationship between changes in actual presence of headache and the experience of different subdomains of quality of life (QoL) in adolescents.

Design: Diary entered measurements of headache intensity and frequency were related to simultaneously recorded data on a QoL questionnaire for adolescents.

Setting: Subjects completed both the QoL questionnaires and the headache diaries at home.

Subjects: Subjects were selected by screening the total population of two secondary schools (N = 1566) for headache and migraine symptoms. Sixty-four students subject to chronic headache or migraine participated in the study. All subjects were diagnosed by a neurologist, following the IHS criteria for migraine.

Conclusion: Changes in headache intensity and frequency were related to changes in self-reported QoL within all QoL subdomains. More headache coincided with a lower self-reported QoL.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Headache / classification*
  • Headache / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Records
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Severity of Illness Index*