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Novel and effective treatment modality for medically unexplained symptoms

Steele, Richard Evan, de Leeuw, Evelyne and Carpenter, David O. 2009, Novel and effective treatment modality for medically unexplained symptoms, Journal of pain management, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 401-412.

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Title Novel and effective treatment modality for medically unexplained symptoms
Author(s) Steele, Richard Evan
de Leeuw, Evelyne
Carpenter, David O.
Journal name Journal of pain management
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Start page 401
End page 412
Total pages 11
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Place of publication Hauppauge, N.Y.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1939-5914
Keyword(s) pain management
unexplained symptoms
medically unexplained symptoms
back to work
Summary Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) confound physicians, and the incidence and prevalence of these conditions is poorly documented.  This is not least due to the complex nature of MUS and mimicry of morbidity with conditions that have common clinical assessment and treatment modalities, e.g. migraine headaches which stress headaches commonly are misdiagnosed as.  Effective treatment modalities for MUS have been more or less non-existent.  In the following we present a modality for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of MUS that in our experience leads to cure, at least in better than half of these cases measured in terms of allowing the individual back to work.  These results are at least twice as high as those described hitherto (see below), and yet, our treatment modality is beset with many obstacles, not the least of which is the intrasigence of a system that will not and/or can not understand why this modality is so much better than what they are able to offer.  The most importance obstacle is financing, as this modality requires long term and committed financing to work.  The economic implications of not dealing with these issues are described.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Nova Science Publishers
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