Development of a self-reporting questionnaire, BURMIG, to evaluate the burden of migraine

Colette Andrée, Michel Vaillant, Christelle Rott, Zaza Katsarava, Peter S. Sándor*

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    We developed a 77-item self-reporting questionnaire to assess the burden of migraine (BURMIG), including headache characteristics, migraine associated disability, comorbidities, management, and the consequences on the patients' lives. We translated BURMIG into four languages (French, Portuguese, German and English) and tested it in 130 headache patients (20 pain clinic, 17 primary care and 93 general public) in Luxembourg. We performed a linguistic and a face-content validation and tested the questionnaire for its comprehensiveness, internal consistency and for its retest-reliability at an interval of 1 month (completion rates were 79.6 and 76.4%, for test and retest, respectively). Retest-reliability for the different parts of the questionnaire varied between 0.6 and 1.0 (Kappa coefficient), with an intracorrelation coefficient of 0.7-1.0. The internal consistency was between 0.74 and 0.91 (Cronbach's alpha). The questionnaire BURMIG is suitable to evaluate the burden of migraine and can be used in English, German, French and Portuguese.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)309-315
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Burden
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Headache
    • Portuguese
    • Questionnaire
    • Validation


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