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Determination of headache features and related possible effective factors in adults admitted to Primary health-care center 
Süber Dikici 1, Davut Baltacı 2, Aylin Yılmaz 2, Sultan Sayı 2, İsmail Hamdi Kara 2
1 - Düzce Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Nöroloji AD, Düzce, Türkiye
2 - Düzce Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Aile Hekimliği AD, Düzce, Türkiye
Dicle Med J 2012; 39(1):35-41
ICID: 986921
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine treatment
modalities and features of headache in adult patients
admitted to Family Health Center (FHC) in primary
care.
Materials and methods: In this cross-sectional study,
which was performed in FHCs in Düzce, A survey regarding
sociodemographic factors and headache features
was applied to the adults aged of 18-72 years-old. The
International Headache Society criteria were used for diagnosis
of headache.
Results: The study was performed with 97 (39.2%
male, 60.8% female) subjects mean age 38.3±5.1 (18-
72) years. Average age of onset was 22.2±10.8 years
in males and 25.3±11.9 years in females (p>0.05). The
mean duration of headache in males and females were
6.4±8.0 hours and 7.9±10.3 hours (p>0.05) respectively.
Duration of drug use for headache was 11.1±9.5 years in
males and 7.9±8.5 years in females (p=0.04). No significant
difference was found in Migraine Disability Assessment
(MIDAS) scores between two genders. Majority of
participations had high school and upper education and
married. Headache was mostly in a throbbing pattern
and frequently associated with phonophobia (62.9%).
The participants had used drugs without prescription by
physician (54.6%). The most frequently used drugs were
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol,
frequently in a combination of two or three analgesics.
Conclusion: Headache started at the second decade for
both genders, MIDAS scores was moderate and did not
show any differences, whereas females, subjects with
high school and upper education and married ones were
more frequent. Majority of patients received more than
two analgesic drugs without prescription.

ICID 986921
 
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