Study of Social Capital Status in Patients With Primary Headache Compared to Control Group

Azar Pirdehghan, Abolghasem Rahimdel, Fariba Yazdanfar, Mohammadreza Malekjamshidi

Abstract

Background: Social capital, in general, is mutual relationships, interactions, and networks that emerge among human grouping and is the level of trust formed in the specific group as commitment and social norm. This issue is associated with many mental and physical disorders in the community. The objective of this study was to evaluate the level of social capital in some people with a primary headache in comparison with control group.

Methods: This case-control study was performed on 60 patients with a primary headache who referred to one of neurology clinics in Yazd city, Iran, as the case group and 60 subjects without primary headache as the control group that had some similarities with case group in demographic features. Data was collected via social capital questionnaire containing demographic information.

Results: The mean score of social capital in the case group was 193.5±30.82 while the mean score of social capital in the control group was 214.1±34.22 (P=0.001) that indicate a significant correlation between social capital level and catching primary headache.

Conclusion: Further studies are needed on the effect of social capital on the level of response to treatment in patients with primary headache. It is also suggested to be conducted interventions regarding the impact of social capital on headaches and broader studies with larger scale (urban population) in this regard.

Keywords

Social Capital, Primary Headache, Non-Organic Headache

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