Assessment of Migraine in Otolaryngology

David Witsell, MD, MHS, is the principal investigator on a grant from the Association of Migraine Disorders (AMD) to initially describe the prevalence of migraine in patients presenting to an otolaryngologist.

AMD became aware of CHEER’s research capability through the network’s publications and annual meeting activities (American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Orlando, 2014).

Study Details

AMD approached CHEER leadership to develop and deploy a descriptive study on the epidemiology of migraine disorders in patients with otologic and sinus complaints. The study is underway at 22 CHEER sites.

Our goal is to recruit 2,000 screened patients. We are currently in recruitment and plan to conduct staggered recruitment drives over the next two years.

The Association of Migraine Disorders, a non-profit foundation, has funded this project.

Impact of Migraines

Migraine significantly impacts productivity in the American workforce. According to research, migraines:

  • Affect 6% of men and 18% of women in the United States
  • Required 3.8 bed rest days for men and 5.6 days for women each year, resulting in a total of 112 million bedridden days
  • Cost American employers about $13 billion a year from absenteeism and impaired work function—close to $8 billion was directly due to missed workdays
  • Cost about $1 billion annually in direct medical costs for migraine care

Source: Hu XH, Markson LE, Lipton RB, Stewart WF, Berger ML. Burden of migraine in the United States: disability and economic costs. Arch Intern Med. 1999 Apr 26;159(8):813-8. PMID: 10219926