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Overview of somatization-diagnosis and management.
Niger J Med. 2009 Oct-Dec; 18(4):349-53.NJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Neurologists and general practitioners frequently encounter patients with inexplicable, unintentionally produced somatic complaints otherwise known as somatoform disorders.

METHODS

A literature search was performed including MEDLINE, as well as local and intemrnational journals using the following keywords/ phrases and crossreferencing: somatoform disorder, somatization, medically unexplained physical symptoms.

RESULTS

Illness with excessive somatic preoccupation is difficult to diagnose or categorize reliably due to rigid diagnostic criteria that often overlap with several psychiatric disorders.

CONCLUSION

Management of patients with dysfunctional somatoform disorders is complex and challenging, particularly when initiated in a neurology outpatient or inpatient setting. The acronym CARE-MD represents a comprehensive treatment regimen that can be used to decrease physician and patient frustration, dramatically minimise health care over utilization, and improve overall well-being for patients with somatoform disorders.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Nigeria. dr_abdulsalawu@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20120135

Citation

Salawu, F K., et al. "Overview of Somatization-diagnosis and Management." Nigerian Journal of Medicine : Journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, vol. 18, no. 4, 2009, pp. 349-53.
Salawu FK, Wakil MA, Danburam A. Overview of somatization-diagnosis and management. Niger J Med. 2009;18(4):349-53.
Salawu, F. K., Wakil, M. A., & Danburam, A. (2009). Overview of somatization-diagnosis and management. Nigerian Journal of Medicine : Journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, 18(4), 349-53.
Salawu FK, Wakil MA, Danburam A. Overview of Somatization-diagnosis and Management. Niger J Med. 2009 Oct-Dec;18(4):349-53. PubMed PMID: 20120135.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Overview of somatization-diagnosis and management. AU - Salawu,F K, AU - Wakil,M A, AU - Danburam,A, PY - 2010/2/3/entrez PY - 2010/2/3/pubmed PY - 2010/3/5/medline SP - 349 EP - 53 JF - Nigerian journal of medicine : journal of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria JO - Niger J Med VL - 18 IS - 4 N2 - BACKGROUND: Neurologists and general practitioners frequently encounter patients with inexplicable, unintentionally produced somatic complaints otherwise known as somatoform disorders. METHODS: A literature search was performed including MEDLINE, as well as local and intemrnational journals using the following keywords/ phrases and crossreferencing: somatoform disorder, somatization, medically unexplained physical symptoms. RESULTS: Illness with excessive somatic preoccupation is difficult to diagnose or categorize reliably due to rigid diagnostic criteria that often overlap with several psychiatric disorders. CONCLUSION: Management of patients with dysfunctional somatoform disorders is complex and challenging, particularly when initiated in a neurology outpatient or inpatient setting. The acronym CARE-MD represents a comprehensive treatment regimen that can be used to decrease physician and patient frustration, dramatically minimise health care over utilization, and improve overall well-being for patients with somatoform disorders. SN - 1115-2613 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20120135/Overview_of_somatization_diagnosis_and_management_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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