Headache Impact Test (HIT-6)

Headache Impact Test (HIT-6)

HIT-6 is a reliable and valid tool for discriminating headache impact across episodic and chronic migraine. It was designed to provide a global measure of adverse headache impact and was developed to use in screening and monitoring patients with headaches in both clinical practice and clinical research.

When you have headaches, how often is the pain severe?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

How often do headaches limit your ability to do usual daily activities including household work, work, school, or social activities?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

When you have a headache, how often do you wish you could lie down?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt too tired to do work or daily activities because of your headaches?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt fed up or irritated because of your headaches?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

In the past 4 weeks, how often did headaches limit your ability to concentrate on work or daily activities?

Never
Rarely
Sometimes
Very often
Always

 

 

The four headache impact severity categories are little or no impact (49 or less), some impact (50–55), substantial impact (56–59), and severe impact (60–78). 

Reference: Yang M, Rendas-Baum R, Varon SF, Kosinski M. Validation of the Headache Impact Test (HIT-6TM) across episodic and chronic migraine. Cephalalgia. 2011;31(3):357-367. doi:10.1177/0333102410379890.

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