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dc.contributor.authorTomenson, B.en
dc.contributor.authorEssau, C.en
dc.contributor.authorJacobi, F.en
dc.contributor.authorLadwig, K.en
dc.contributor.authorLeiknes, K.en
dc.contributor.authorLieb, R.en
dc.contributor.authorMeinlschmidt, G.en
dc.contributor.authorMcbeth, J.en
dc.contributor.authorRosmalen, J.en
dc.contributor.authorRief, W.en
dc.contributor.authorSumathipala, A.en
dc.contributor.authorCreed, F.en
dc.identifier.citationBritish Journal of Psychiatry, 2013; 203(5):373-380en
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The diagnosis of somatisation disorder in DSM-IV was based on 'medically unexplained' symptoms, which is unsatisfactory. AIMS: To determine the value of a total somatic symptom score as a predictor of health status and healthcare use after adjustment for anxiety, depression and general medical illness. METHOD: Data from nine population-based studies (total n = 28 377) were analysed. RESULTS: In all cross-sectional analyses total somatic symptom score was associated with health status and healthcare use after adjustment for confounders. In two prospective studies total somatic symptom score predicted subsequent health status. This association appeared stronger than that for medically unexplained symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Total somatic symptom score provides a predictor of health status and healthcare use over and above the effects of anxiety, depression and general medical illnesses.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityBarbara Tomenson, Cecilia Essau, Frank Jacobi, Karl Heinz Ladwig, Kari Ann Leiknes, Roselind Lieb, Gunther Meinlschmidt, John McBeth, Judith Rosmalen, Winfried Rief, Athula Sumathipala, Francis Creed, EURASMUS Population Based Study Groupen
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatristsen
dc.rights© 2013 The Royal College of Psychiatristsen
dc.subjectEURASMUS Population Based Study Groupen
dc.titleTotal somatic symptom score as a predictor of health outcome in somatic symptom disordersen
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionPsychology publicationsen
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