Society's Headache: The socioeconomic impact of migraine

Leading employment-focused think tank, the Work Foundation has published a report on the socioeconomic impact of migraine. For the first time since 2003, the report estimates the total prevalence of migraine in the UK, as well as the direct and indirect costs to the economy.


Key statistics from the report 


1. An estimated 23.3% of adults have migraine [1]


2. The direct healthcare costs of migraine are estimated to be in the region of £1bn a year [2]


3. Each year an estimated 86m equivalent workdays are lost due to migraine related absenteeism and presenteeism [3]


Armed with these findings, we are now campaigning for leading policymakers across the UK to come together and develop an improvement strategy to raise standards of care in migraine in both employment and healthcare settings. Read the Work Foundation's recommendations and how you can help here. To find out more about how you can take action where you live see our suggestions for local campaigning here


You can read the report in full on the Work Foundation website.


[1] This is a weighted average of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2016 data  taking migraine prevalence amongst those aged 15-49 and 50-69, which is 25.4% and 17.7% respectively, based on 23.3% prevalence taken from GBD 2016. 

[2] Using Eurolight data, the Work Foundation estimates a mean per-person with migraine annual direct cost of £94.03, which is then multiplied by the number of adults aged 15-69 with migraine based on a 23.3% prevalence. See Society's Headache: The socioeconomic impact of migraine, 2018

[3] Incorporating actual days lost due to reduced effectiveness at work. See Work Foundation, Society's Headache: The socioeconomic impact of migraine, 2018