Statistics about Headache


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Headache. The term 'prevalence' of Headache usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Headache at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Headache refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Headache diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Headache: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Headache)
  Prevalance of Headache: 45 million Americans get chronic headaches. 20 million American women (NWHIC).
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 6 or 16.54% or 45 million people in USA [about data]
Society statistics for Headache
  Hospitalization statistics for Headache: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Headache:
  • 0.3% (37,798) of hospital consultant episodes were for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for headache required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for headache were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for headache were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for headache required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 41 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 70% of hospital consultant episodes for headache occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8% of hospital consultant episodes for headache occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7% of hospital consultant episodes for headache were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.15% (78,435) of hospital bed days were for headache in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

  Physician office visits for Headache: 9,876,000 people visited a physician’s office for headaches in the US 2001 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2001)
  Physician office visits for Headache: headache sufferers make over 8 million visits a year to doctor's offices.1 '

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Headache - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: Nov 3, 2003

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