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[Towards a unified treatment approach for functional somatic syndromes and somatization]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Jun 14;172(24):1839-42

Authors: Schröder A, Fink P, Fjordback L, Frostholm L, Rosendal M

Identical treatment strategies have proven effective in various functional somatic syndromes (FSS) and evidence is increasing that FSS share common aetiological factors, pathophysiological mechanisms and psychological features. Currently, only a minority of patients with FSS receive evidence-based treatment. The main reasons for this are inappropriate organisation of care, physicians' lack of knowledge and a widespread neglect of patients' suffering. We outline a unified stepped care approach for the prevention and management of FSS in which treatment strategies are not based on the diagnostic label, but on illness severity and complexity.

PMID: 20566161 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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