Dr Wayne Burton on the Impact of Workers With Migraine on Employers

April 5, 2019

Wayne Burton, MD, former global corporate medical director for American Express discusses the impact that workers with migraine have on employers.

Wayne Burton, MD, former global corporate medical director for American Express discusses the impact that workers with migraine have on employers.

Transcript:

What kind of impact do workers with migraine have on employers? Do employers see a loss of revenue or productivity? How can this be mitigated?

Migraine is extremely important to employers because if you think about migraine headaches, they effect people basically between age 25 and 55—prime age group for workers. Eighteen percent are women, about 6% are men, and it has significant impacts on on-the-job productivity, or so-called presenteeism, as well as direct costs, [like] medical costs [and] pharmacy costs. So, it’s an exceedingly important medical condition for employers.