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An Italian pilot study on the use of the migraine disability assessment questionnaire


The migraine disability assessment questionnaire (MIDAS) is a recently developed, validated questionnaire for assessing the impact of migraine on individual patients. We carried out a pilot study to assess the stability and reliability of a preliminary Italian version of MIDAS, based on the original 6-item version. One hundred four patients with migraine without aura completed the MIDAS form during a session with a neurologist and again 21 days later. Eighhty-six patients (83%) returned the second form. Pearson's (r = 0.8) and Spearman's (r = 0.7) tests showed a good test-retest reliability for the scores obtained at first and second compilations. In the majority of patients, the disability grade was stable after 21 days (Wilcoxon signed rank test p > 0.05). Our preliminary adaptation of the MIDAS questionnaire is satisfactorily stable and highly reliable, preparing the way for definitive Italian version.

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Received: 21 January 2000 / Accepted in revised form: 15 February 2000

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D'Amico, D., Ferraris, A., Grazzi, L. et al. An Italian pilot study on the use of the migraine disability assessment questionnaire. J Headache Pain 1, 47–51 (2000).

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