The conundrum of medically unexplained symptoms: Questions to consider

McFarlane, A. C., Ellis, N., Barton, C., Browne, D. and Van Hooff, M. (2008) The conundrum of medically unexplained symptoms: Questions to consider. Psychosomatics, 49 5: 369-377. doi:10.1176/appi.psy.49.5.369

Author McFarlane, A. C.
Ellis, N.
Barton, C.
Browne, D.
Van Hooff, M.
Title The conundrum of medically unexplained symptoms: Questions to consider
Journal name Psychosomatics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0033-3182
Publication date 2008-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1176/appi.psy.49.5.369
Volume 49
Issue 5
Start page 369
End page 377
Total pages 9
Place of publication U.S.
Publisher American Psychiatric Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
321021 Psychiatry
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Background: The classification and etiology of medically unexplained symptoms remain a clinical challenge. Recent proposals to improve systems of classification include ending the tradition of separating symptoms into medical or psychiatric groups.

Method: Several research questions are proposed to resolve some of the divergent opinions about the nature of these difficulties.

Conclusion: Unitary models of somatic symptom causation should not be presumed. Examination of the causes and nature of somatic distress in those with and without psychiatric disorders requires separate investigation for each, and these should not be presumed to be similar. Psychophysiological models of somatic symptoms are required that can be studied in research protocols.

Keyword Pallitative care
Terminally ill patients
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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