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The Global Burden of Disease survey 2010, Lifting The Burden and thinking outside-the-box on headache disorders

Paolo Martelletti1*, Gretchen L Birbeck23, Zaza Katsarava4, Rigmor H Jensen5, Lars J Stovner6 and Timothy J Steiner6

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

2 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

3 Chikankata Hospital, Mazabuka, Zambia

4 Department of Neurology, University of Essen, Essen, Germany

5 Department of Neurology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

6 Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

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The Journal of Headache and Pain 2013, 14:13  doi:10.1186/1129-2377-14-13

Published: 15 February 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

The perception of a disease in the collective imaginations of people affected by it, of the general public, of health-care providers and of health policy-makers depends, undoubtedly, on a multiplicity of diverse factors: its effects on mortality, its consequences in terms of ill health and disability, its economic impact, its implications for health services and health-resource consumption, the availability of treatments, the potential for the development of new pharmacological agents and interest aroused by the media. Chronic diseases also raise the question of patients’ reduced productive capacity over a long period – perhaps a life-time.