A study within <i>Lifting The Burden</i>: The global campaign to reduce the burden of headache worldwide

Lars J Stovner

in Headache care, research and education worldwide

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584680
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753435 | DOI:

Series: Frontiers in Headache Research Series

A study within Lifting The Burden: The global campaign to reduce the burden of headache worldwide

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Throughout the world, headache has been and continues to be under-estimated in scope and scale, and headache disorders remain under-recognized and under-treated everywhere. As an important step in the process to reduce the headache burden, the initiative ‘Lifting The Burden: the Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide’ (LTB campaign) has identified as one of its objectives to obtain a ‘clear and objective understanding of the scale and scope of headache-related burden’—which means bringing out all existing evidence of the burden of headache worldwide—translating prevalence and incidence data into disability data.

The worldwide epidemiology of headache disorders is only partly documented. Many studies have been performed on migraine but data on Tension-Type Headache (TTH), the most frequent, are relatively sparse, and most epidemiological studies hitherto have been performed in relatively rich countries in Western Europe and North America. In 2007, as part of the LTB campaign, an update of the epidemiology of headache worldwide was published. Based on the data extracted from all studies an attempt was made to evaluate the global burden of the most common headaches.

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Subjects: Neurology ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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