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Novel and effective treatment modality for medically unexplained symptoms
journal contributionposted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Steele, Evelyne de Leeuw, D Carpenter
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.