Health-related and condition-specific quality of life in episodic cluster headache

C. Ertsey, N. Manhalter, G. Bozsik, J. Áfra, I. Jelencsik

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Health-related quality of life was studied in 35 episodic cluster headache (CH) patients during and after the cluster period, using a generic (SF-36) and a headache-specific (MSQ2.1) instrument. The results were compared with those of age-and sex-matched migraineurs (n = 53) and healthy persons (n = 62). During the cluster period patients had lower scores than controls in all SF-36 and MSQ2.1 domains. The difference was significant for most SF-36 and all MSQ2. 1 domains. Although CH patients had lower scores than migraineurs on most scales, the difference was significant only on SF-36 scores measuring bodily pain and social functioning. There was a good correlation between the two instruments. After the termination of the cluster period the quality of life of patients was similar to that of headache-free controls. Generic and headache-specific QoL are severely impaired in CH and this impairment is at least as severe as in migraine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2004


  • Cluster headache
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Migraine-specific quality of life questionnaire (MSQ2.1)
  • Short-form health survey (SF-36)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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