Migraine Stigma Persists in the Workplace

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Most people believe migraines affect employment and work productivity, as well as quality of life and relationships, according to a new survey involving 1,003 U.S. adults conducted by Research!America. A significant percentage of survey respondents – those who live with migraine headaches, as well as those who don’t – recognize that migraines often have long-term, significant effects on the day-to-day lives of people who have them.

Most people surveyed also agree that employers should make reasonable workplace accommodations for employees with migraines. Some studies have shown that migraine education programs in the workplace can help reduce lost productivity and absenteeism for people who live with migraine.

More than half of migraine sufferers surveyed said people with migraines are subjected to social stigma related to their condition. Stigma related to migraines often stems from a lack of awareness about the seriousness of the condition and a mistaken belief that migraines are “just headaches.” Common stigmas include the misconception that people who have migraines are lazy and fail to manage their condition properly, impeding their ability to work.


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