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ABC of Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Edition 1

ABC of Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Edition 1

by Christopher BurtonChristopher Burton
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This brand new title addresses the complex issues faced by primary health care practitioners in treating and managing patients with ‘medically unexplained symptoms'. It aims to develop guidelines and principles to help identify patients with medically unexplained symptoms, as they are typically underdiagnosed, and to manage symptoms more effectively with active patient involvement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119967255
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: ABC Series , #234
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

About the ABC series

The new ABC series has been thoroughly updated, offering a fresh look, layout and features throughout, helping you to access information and deliver the best patient care. The newly designed books remain an essential reference tool for GPs, GP registrars, junior doctors and those in primary care, designed to address the concerns of general practitioners and provide effective study aids for doctors in training.

Now offering over 70 titles, this extensive series provides you with a quick and dependable reference on a range of topics in all the major specialities. Each book in the new series now offers links to further information and articles, and a new dedicated website provides you with even more support.

The ABC series is the essential and dependable source of up-to-date information for all practitioners and students in general practice.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Acknowledgements ix

1 Introduction 1
Chris Burton

2 Epidemiology and Impact in Primary and Secondary Care 5
Alexandra Rolfe and Chris Burton

3 Considering Organic Disease 7
David Weller and Chris Burton

4 Considering Depression and Anxiety 10
Alan Carson and Jon Stone

5 Medically Unexplained Symptoms and the General Practitioner 15
Christopher Dowrick

6 Principles of Assessment and Treatment 18
Chris Burton

7 Palpitations Chest Pain and Breathlessness 22
Chris Burton

8 Headache 27
David P. Kernick

9 Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Functional Dyspepsia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome 31
Henriëtte E. van der Horst

10 Pelvic and Reproductive System Symptoms 36
Nur Amalina Che Bakri, Camille Busby-Earle, Robby Steel and Andrew W. Horne

11 Widespread Musculoskeletal Pain 40
Barbara Nicholl, John McBeth and Christian Mallen

12 Fatigue 43
Alison J. Wearden

13 Neurological Symptoms: Weakness Blackouts and Dizziness 47
Jon Stone and Alan Carson

14 Managing Medically Unexplained Symptoms in the Consultation 52
Avril F. Danczak

15 Cognitive Approaches to Treatment 56
Vincent Deary

16 Behavioural Approaches to Treatment 60
Vincent Deary

17 Pharmacological Treatment 64
Killian A. Welch

18 Conclusion 68
Chris Burton

Appendix: Suggestions for Reflection and Audit 69
Chris Burton

Index 71

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