Migraine and academic performance among medical students

Authors

  • Barbara Silva Diniz
  • Flavia Oliveira Alves
  • Julia Rocha Dias
  • Laura Toledo de Vasconcelos
  • Vanessa Tavares Esteves
  • Dilermando Fazito de Rezende
  • Mauro Eduardo Jurno

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.48208/HeadacheMed.2011.4

Keywords:

Headache, Learning, Absenteism

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the frequency of migraine and analyze its influence on the academic performance of students between 2nd and 9th period of the Barbacena Medicine College. Methods: From a cross-sectional study, samples of 336 students were examined. They answered a questionnaire constructed specially for the occasion, in which migraine was diagnosed and its repercussions were analyzed. Results: Among 336 analyzed students, 43 (12.8%) had migraine, while 293 (87.2%) didn't evidence it. Absences from school activities are more frequent in the migraine group (85.0%) than (69.0%) in non-migraine. 49.0% of those who had migraine were absent from physical activities and 29.0% missed social gatherings. In contrast, in the group without migraine 50.0% missed physical activities and 15.0% weren't at social gatherings. In the evaluation of school performance through additional or special tests, the study showed that 26.0% of migraine did the tests in the first period while this rate was 12.0% in those without migraine. Conclusions: The frequency of migraine is approximately 13.0%. We conclude that there is a strong relationship between migraine and academic performance; it's evident that students with migraine seem prone to low yield, shown by the number of additional tests and school absence and loss of social activities.

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Author Biographies

Barbara Silva Diniz

Aluna da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Flavia Oliveira Alves

Aluna da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Julia Rocha Dias

Aluna da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Laura Toledo de Vasconcelos

Aluna da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Vanessa Tavares Esteves

Aluna da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Dilermando Fazito de Rezende

Professor de Estatística e Metodologia da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, MG, Brasil

Mauro Eduardo Jurno

Doutor em Neurologia, Professor da Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena e Coordenador da Residência de Clínica Médica do Hospital Regional de Barbacena – FHEMIG, MG, Brasil

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Published

2011-03-31

How to Cite

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Diniz BS, Alves FO, Dias JR, Vasconcelos LT de, Esteves VT, Rezende DF de, Jurno ME. Migraine and academic performance among medical students. Headache Med [Internet]. 2011 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Apr. 19];2(1):17-24. Available from: https://headachemedicine.com.br/index.php/hm/article/view/71

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