Do we really understand the economic impact of headache in young people?

Takeaway

  • Childhood headache incurs a significant health-care cost burden, that may be increased in children with psychiatric comorbidities such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Why this matters

  • Headache is prevalent in childhood, with 75% of young people experiencing a major episode by the age of 15, yet little is known about the economic burden of pediatric headache in the United States.

  • Data on the economic impact of pediatric headache would allow health-care providers and policy makers to better allocate resources to treatment and research.