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Headache Intensity and Quality of Life in Adolescents. How are Changes in Headache Intensity in Adolescents Related to Changes in Experienced Quality of Life?

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  • Johannes H. Langeveld MA,

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    1. Institute of Medical Psychology and Psycho-therapy, The Netherlands. Mr. Langeveld's current appointment is with Rogaland Psychiatric Hospital, Stavanger, Norway.and
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  • Hans M. Koot PhD,

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    1. The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. Langeveld's current appointment is with Rogaland Psychiatric Hospital, Stavanger, Norway.
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  • Jan Passchier PhD

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    1. Institute of Medical Psychology and Psycho-therapy, The Netherlands. Mr. Langeveld's current appointment is with Rogaland Psychiatric Hospital, Stavanger, Norway.and
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Mr. Johannes H. Langeveld, Rogalend Psychiatric Hospital, Postbox 8100, 4003 Stavanger, Norway.

Abstract

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.

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