Do gender differences exist among US veterans receiving care for headache?

Takeaway

  • Male veterans have a lower prevalence of headache disorders than females but report traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at higher rates.

Why this matters?

  • Headache disorders can be debilitating and place a large burden on the individual and healthcare networks.

  • Understanding differences between genders and how these are associated with both comorbidites and sociodemographics may help to improve the current management guidelines for veterans with medically diagnosed headaches.