Results of a Virtual Migraine Education Program in an Employed Population

J Occup Environ Med. 2021 Jul 22. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000002334. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: Migraine affects about 15% of the world’s population and disproportionately affects adults who are working age. It is associated with higher healthcare costs, absenteeism, and lost productivity. A metropolitan school district in the southern U.S. offered a virtual migraine education program to their teaching employees.

METHODS: Seventy-nine employees completed a migraine questionnaire at both baseline and 3-month follow-up. The program included webinars, educational videos, and other intranet-based resources.

RESULTS: Results found that program participants reported a significant improvement in the frequency and severity of migraine as well as a reduction in lost on-the-job productivity. A majority of participants reported making positive changes to reduce triggers and better manage stress.

CONCLUSIONS: An employer-offered migraine education program distributed virtually to remote workers has the potential to improve migraine symptoms and treatment as well as productivity.

PMID:34310543 | DOI:10.1097/JOM.0000000000002334

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