[Psychosomatic medicine in primary care]

von Känel, R (2006). [Psychosomatic medicine in primary care]. Praxis - schweizerische Rundschau für Medizin, 95(9), pp. 311-20. Bern: Huber

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Patients commonly visit their primary care physician (PCP) because of body symptoms. However, neither the PCP nor his patient can tell immediately whether or not psychosocial factors play a role in the disease manifestation. If this is the case, only a patient-centred approach and basic knowledge in biopsychosocial skills will help the PCP to diagnose and treat his patient appropriately. This article gives a comprehensive overview on how the PCP can approach patients with psychosomatic diseases (i.e. somatic symptoms exacerbated by psychosocial factors, medically unexplained symptoms, functional somatic syndromes, somatic manifestation of psychiatric diseases). Adopting this approach will allow the PCP to be challenged but not overburdened by, on an average, 30-50% of his patients presenting with psychosomatic symptoms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

von Känel, Roland

ISSN:

1661-8157

ISBN:

16535903

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:47

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:42

PubMed ID:

16535903

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/19764 (FactScience: 2700)

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