Evaluation of the Dutch version of the migraine quality of life instrument (MSQOL) and its application in headache coping


J. Passchier, Dept. Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy, NIHES, Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Tel. +31 10 4087807, fax +31 10 4089420, e-mail passchier@mpp.fgg.eur.nl


The Dutch version of the MSQOL was evaluated psychometrically and applied in a convenience sample of 90 migraine patients from the Dutch Society of Headache Patients. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the Dutch MSQOL were good (> 0.90) and comparable with those of the original English version. The measure also had good validity, with its scores associated as expected with headache intensity, psychological well-being and level of patient functioning. Respondents who employ more passive methods of coping with their headaches, such as ‘worrying’, ‘retreating’ and ‘resting’, had worse quality of life. ‘Worrying’ was particularly associated with diminished quality of life, suggesting that cognitive interventions might be of benefit to migraineurs who use this method of coping.