Prevalência e custos indiretos das cefaléias em uma empresa brasileira

Translated title of the contribution: Prevalence and indirect costs of headache in a Brazilian Company

Maurice Vincent, Andréia De Jesus Rodrigues, Gisele Vieira De Oliveira, Karine Freitas De Souza, Larissa Morimoto Doi, Manoela Bittencourt De Lima Rocha, Mário André Da Cunha Saporta, Ricardo Benedetto Orleans, Rosana Kotecki, Vanessa Vieira Estrela, Viviane Antônio De Medeiros, Wander Inturias Sergillo Borges

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Employees from a Brazilian oil company reserach centre (n=993) were interviewed on the occurrence of headache during a 30 days period. Headache prevalence was 49.8%, with a mean frequency of 4 3±7.0 attacks per month, lasting 12.2±21.4 hours each. According to the International Headache Society diagnostic criteria, migraine (5.5%), episodic tension-type headache (26.4%), chronic tension-type headache (1 7%) and headaches not fulfilling the criteria for such disorders (16.2%) were observed. Women suffered comparatively more headache and specifically migraine than men The pain interfered with work productivity in 10% of the subjects, corresponding to 538 75 hours off. According to an indirect costs estimation for each headache, the company may loose up to US$125.98 per employee annually. Since among headaches migraine has the highest indirect cost, migraine prevention and treatment is particularly important at the working environment Migraine frequency may be prevented to a large extent, resulting on positive effects in both the quality of life and productivity. The cost-benefit ratio clearly favours therapeutic and preventive programs against chronic headaches.

Translated title of the contributionPrevalence and indirect costs of headache in a Brazilian Company
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)734-743
Number of pages10
JournalArquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Costs
  • Epidemiology
  • Headache
  • Migraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Biological Psychiatry


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