Preferred Biosignals to Predict Migraine Attack

  • Hanna-Leena HuttunenEmail author
  • Raija Halonen
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 907)


Migraine is classified to two classes, with aura and without aura, and migraine seizures last usually several hours. The goal of this study was to identify the most important symptoms of migraine to be monitored by wearable sensors to predict the migraine attack. The purpose of wearable sensors is to guide patients to take the migraine medication in time, and to support their own care. Self-measurement is a growing trend worldwide and sensor technology has been used for several years in activity wristbands, smartphones, rings, mobile phones, and mobile applications. The study was conducted as an operational study, randomised for those who had been diagnosed with migraine by a doctor. The study was divided into two parts, at first a questionnaire was sent to 17 people in social media. On the basis of the questionnaire, a qualitative interview was conducted for 12 persons with migraine. Responses to the questionnaire were compared to the results of the interview, and the answers to the research questions were sought. Migraine patients considered important that device reports quality of sleep, pulse, blood pressure, stress levels, sleep apnea, and energy consumption.


Migraine Prodromal symptoms Wearable sensors Health promotion Self-measurement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland

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