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Keywords:

  • migraine;
  • patient preference;
  • questionnaires;
  • outcomes;
  • efficacy measures

Objectives.—To develop and test a patient preference questionnaire in migraine.

Methods.—A user-friendly, self-administered questionnaire was developed to assess the relative importance of aspects of migraine therapy to patients. It was tested in a convenience sample of 66 migraineurs. The questionnaire has five sections: patient preference, migraine history, demographics, usual behavior during an attack, and migraine impact on cognition and functionality. It employs a special reverse-ranking technique to quantify preferences.

Results.—Sixty-six migraineurs participated: 86% were women, 53% had not consulted their doctor about migraine in the previous year; and only 51% took prescribed medication, the majority (52%) at the start of a migraine. “A medication that can be taken any time during a migraine attack” was ranked most important by 20% of the migraineurs, one that decreases pain from the unbearable level in 30 minutes by 17%, and one that relieves pain completely within 2 hours by 15%. Not being able to think or concentrate with severe symptoms was reported by 71%. Optional activities were impeded by migraine in 83% of subjects, but required activities in only 60%.

Conclusions.—The patient preference questionnaire is readily completed by subjects and reveals that the dimensions of relief preferred by patients can be addressed by a self-report questionnaire.