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Open Journal Article: New uses of the Migraine Screen Questionnaire (MS-Q): validation in the Primary Care setting and ability to detect hidden migraine.

2010 June 9

Miguel J Lainez, Jesus Castillo, Manuel Dominguez, Gemma Palacios, Silvia Diaz and Javier Rejas.

BMC Neurology 2010, 10:39 doi:10.1186/1471-2377-10-39
Published:     8 June 2010

Abstract (provisional):

Background

PC plays an important role in early diagnosis of health disorders, particularly migraine, due to the financial impact of this disease for the society and its impact on patients’ quality of life. The aim of the study was to validate the self-administered MS-Q questionnaire for detection of hidden migraine in the field of primary care (PC), and to explore its use in this setting.

Methods

Cross-sectional, observational, and multicentre study in subjects above 18 years of age patients attending PC centers (regardless of the reason for consultation). A MS-Q score >4 was considered possible migraine. Level of agreement with IHS criteria clinical diagnosis (kappa coefficient), and instrument’s validity properties: sensitivity, specificity, positive (PPV) and negative (NPV) predictive values were determined. The ability of the instrument to identify possible new cases of migraine was calculated, as well as the ratio of hidden disease compared to the ratio obtained by IHS criteria.

Results

A total of 9,670 patients were included [48.9+17.2 years (mean +SD); 61.9% women], from 410 PC centers representative of the whole national territory. The clinical prevalence of migraine according to the IHS criteria was 24.7%, and 20.4% according to MS-Q: Kappa index of agreement 0.82 (p<0.05). MS-Q sensitivity was 0.82 (95% CI, 0.81 – 0.84), specificity 0.97 (95% CI, 0.98 – 0.99), PPV 0.95 (95% CI, 0.94 – 0.96), and NPV 0.94 (95% CI, 0.93 – 0.95). No statistically significant differences were found in the percentages of patients with de novo and hidden migraine identified by MS-Q and by IHS criteria: 5.7% vs. 6.1% and 26.6% vs. 24.1%, respectively.

Conclusions

The results of the present study confirm the usefulness of the MS-Q questionnaire for the early detection and assessment of migraine in PC settings, and its ability to detect hidden migraine.

You can read the full article here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2377-10-39.pdf

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