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Group therapy for somatization disorders in general practice: effectiveness of a short cognitive-behavioural treatment model.
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PMID:  9259219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of a short cognitive behavioural group therapy programme for somatization disorder in primary care. The treatment model was focused on patient education and stress relaxation. A controlled and prospective study design was used with repeated assessments of the patients' perception of their psychosocial problems, psychological distress and medication usage. The results were analysed up to 6 months after treatment and showed the treated patients to be moderately but significantly improved with respect to physical illness and somatic preoccupation, hypochondriasis, and medication usage. In a control group of untreated patients no such improvements were observed. In summary, the short group treatment programme used in this study may be beneficial for patients with somatization disorders. With some modifications it might be useful to practitioners in primary care for the management of psychosomatic disorders.
J Lidbeck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  1997 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-21     Completed Date:  1997-10-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  14-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Preventive Medicine Unit, Helsingborg County Hospital and Pain Clinic, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Cognitive Therapy / standards*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Neurotic Disorders / complications
Patient Satisfaction
Primary Health Care / methods
Program Evaluation
Prospective Studies
Psychotherapy, Brief
Psychotherapy, Group / standards*
Sampling Studies
Sick Role
Somatoform Disorders / therapy*
Treatment Outcome

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