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An Epidemiologic Study of Headache Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Martha S. Linet, MD; Walter F. Stewart, PhD; David D. Celentano, ScD; Dewey Ziegler, MD; Martha Sprecher, RN
JAMA. 1989;261(15):2211-2216. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420150061038.
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Despite extensive description of headache among patients in specialty clinics and general practices in the United States, there have been few community-wide investigations. In a population-based telephone interview study of 10 169 Washington County, Maryland, residents who were 12 through 29 years old, 57.1% of males and 76.5% of females reported that their most recent headache occurred within the previous 4 weeks. Four or more headaches in the preceding month were reported by 6.1% of males and 14.0% of females. The average duration of the subjects' most recent headache was 5.9 hours for males and 8.2 hours for females; 7.9% and 13.9%, respectively, missed part of a day or more of school or work because of that headache. Within the month before interview, 3.0% of males and 7.4% of females had suffered from a migraine headache. Consultations with a physician, by specialty, for headache-related problems are described by sex and age of subjects, as is the use of specific prescription and nonprescription medications.

(JAMA. 1989;261:2211-2216)

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