Malone alumnus and faculty study the experiences of persons with migraine before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Malone University alumnus Camden Baucke '18, with Lauren S. Seifert, professor of psychology and Kara Kaelber, professor of counseling, have published an article in the internationally recognized, open access journal PLOS ONE.

Released on November 29, 2021, “Health co-inquiry in migraine: Online participation and stakeholder experiences before and during the COVID-19 pandemic“ reports major themes linked to internet posts by migraine stakeholders.
“Our goal was to shed light on the experiences of migraineurs before—and now, during the pandemic,” said Seifert.

The authors received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a grant to Malone University for technological advancements in research. The NSF grant enabled the construction of an app that can crawl the Internet and provide information about narratives on websites.

Baucke, Seifert, and Kaelber used two methods of analysis to look at people’s posts online and found that the prevailing themes were related to telling personal stories, finding and giving help and information, hawking products and services, and disseminating misinformation. The authors hope to contribute the ongoing dialog about chronic migraine, one of the most common causes of disability worldwide