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Research Letter
September 28, 2020

Disparities Across Sexual Orientation in Migraine Among US Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology, University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • 4Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
  • 5San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University–University of California, San Diego
  • 6Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
JAMA Neurol. 2021;78(1):117-118. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.3406

Migraine affects 1 in 6 adults and represents the fifth leading cause of emergency department visits in the US.1 Despite an increasing recognition of disparities in migraine prevalence by race/ethnicity, sex, and socioeconomic status,1 there is a paucity of research on disparities by sexual orientation. Sexual minority groups (eg, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other nonheterosexual people) may experience unique discrimination, stigma, and barriers to health care access, thus leading to disparities in physical and mental health.2,3 The objective of this study was to determine the association between sexual orientation and migraine in a nationally representative sample of US adults.

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