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  1. Prevalence of headaches in a Chinese elderly population in Kinmen : Age and gender effect and cross-cultural comparisons.

    Article - En anglais

    Article abstract Objective 

    To investigate the prevalence of headaches in a Chinese elderly population.


    There are few headache surveys in the elderly.

    Previous studies have shown a low headache prevalence in Chinese.


    Target population : eligible registered residents =65 years old (N=2,003) in two townships of Kinmen Island on August 1,1993.

    All participants completed a headache questionnaire and underwent clinical evaluation and examination by a neurologist.

    Headache diagnoses were made according to the International Headache Society, 1988.


    1,533 persons (77%) participated in the study, of whom 584 (38%) had at least one episode of headache in the previous year.

    One-year prevalence of migraine was 3.0%, and tension-type headache, 35%. The prevalence of migraine, but not tension-type headaches, continued to decline with age in the elderly.

    Life-time prevalence of « incapacitating headache » was 10%, and that of migraine, 5.2%. Forty-two percent of migraineurs stopped having migraine before this survey.

    In comparison with « 10 years ago, » 8% participants felt their current headaches were worse, 25% better, and 67%, no change, with a net improvement of 17%. Conclusions : We have reported the highest headache prevalence among different Chinese elderly populations, but these were still lower than those reported from Western series.

    More than half of the elderly life-time migraineurs still had attacks of migraine. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Céphalée, Céphalée tension, Migraine, Chine, Asie, Age, Sexe, Evolution, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Homme, Douleur, Système nerveux pathologie, Trouble neurologique, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Cérébrovasculaire pathologie, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Vaisseau sanguin pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Headache, Tension headache, Migraine, China, Asia, Age, Sex, Evolution, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Elderly, Human, Pain, Nervous system diseases, Neurological disorder, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Cerebrovascular disease, Cardiovascular disease, Vascular disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0397650

    Code Inist : 002B17A03. Création : 12/09/1997.