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News: Migraine ‘favoured sickie excuse’

2009 July 8

The BBC news website yesterday reported, “Claiming to have a migraine headache has become one of the most popular excuses for “pulling a sickie” from work, a survey suggests.”

It cites a study by YouGov of a poll of 2,105 workers. The study found that 15% of workers admitting faking a sick day used migraine as an excuse. This is unfortunate news for those of us who have migraine. The BBC report goes on:

The research suggested the fact that people were faking migraines put real sufferers in a difficult position.

Some said they feared they would not be believed when phoning in sick.

More than a quarter (28%) said they were worried their boss would not believe them, and 21% were concerned their colleagues would think they were using migraine as an excuse for a day off.

One third felt guilty for letting their colleagues down.

And 13% admitted they had used another illness as their reason for being unwell.

You can read the full BBC article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8137183.stm

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