Understanding the importance of patient preference for optimal migraine treatment

  • This study assessed patients’ preferences for the characteristics of an ideal migraine treatment through an online discrete choice survey.
  • Of 604 individuals with migraine from the United States, factors considered most important in migraine treatment were mode of administration (28.8%), durability of effectiveness (27.0%), and speed of onset (25.5%). In contrast, the least favored were administration setting (9.9%) and dosing frequency (8.8%). The overall migraine population were delineated by their preferences, i.e., 21% desired self-injection administration and durability of effectiveness; 31% indicated aversion to cranial injections; 26% selected rapid speed of onset; and 21% chose health-care provider administration and durability of effectiveness.
  • The authors conclude that patient preferences for migraine treatment is not only important for making the right medication choices, but to also inform the drug development process.