Migraine in the emergency department: A psychometric study of a migraine "repeaters" sample

Veronica Villani, Gianluca Bruti, Claudio Mostardini, Frabrizio Di Stani, Lorena Scattoni, Demo Dugoni, Nicola Vanacore, Rossana Cerbo

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To evaluate the influence of psychometric variables on the "repeater" phenomenon in an emergency department, 15 "repeaters" and 27 out patient migraineurs were recruited. All patients were submitted to the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), State and Trait Anxiety Inventory, Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20), Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire and Migraine DIsability Assessment Scale (MIDAS). The "repeater" group showed higher MIDAS total scores (p =0.02) and higher scores in TAS-20 (p=0.02) than the outpatients. A higher frequencyof alexithymic trait (p=0.02) and higher BDI scores (p=0.07) have also been observed in the "repeater" group than the outpatients. Alexithymia and depressive mood associated with high disability may be a specific psychosocial pattern of "repeater" migraineurs. The psychometric evaluation of this population may be important to explain the "repeaters" phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-303
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


  • Alexithymia
  • Disability
  • Emergency Department
  • Migraine
  • Repeaters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)


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