Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Clinical features of headache associated with mobile phone use: a cross-sectional study in university students. epidem.

Published in: BMC Neurol 2011; 11: 115

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in Korea to investigate the clinical features of headache in association with mobile phone use.

Further details

This study consists of two parts: an initial questionnaire survey and subsequent telephone interviews of study participants who reported that they experienced headache associated with mobile phone use more than 10 times during the last 1 year. Headache associated with mobile phone use (HAMP) was defined as any headache during or within 1 hour after mobile phone use.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:

Exposure

Assessment

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 247
Participants 214
Evaluable 212
Statistical analysis method:

Conclusion (acc. to author)

Among the 212 study participants, the mean daily duration of mobile phone use was 33.4 ± 34.5 minutes, the mean daily frequency of mobile phone use was 7.4 ± 6.3 calls, and the mean duration of mobile use was 5.5 ± 4.0 years. 40 out of 212 participants indicated that they experienced headache associated with mobile phone use more than 10 times during the last 1 year.
The authors found that headache associated with mobile phone use usually showed stereotyped clinical features including mild intensity, a dull or pressing quality, localisation ipsilateral to the side of mobile phone use, provocation by prolonged mobile phone use and often accompanied by a burning sensation.

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