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Measurement and assessment of somatic symptoms.
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PMID:  23383665     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract Somatic symptoms are common presentations in health settings. They can manifest as symptoms of another underlying mental disorder or be termed as medically unexplained. When they are medically unexplained they are invariably subsumed under the diagnostic categories of somatoform disorders. They are associated with interference in functioning, poor quality of life and are burdensome on health resources. The measurement of these symptoms is essential for understanding the individual and planning treatment. There are various instruments that have somatic symptoms measurement in their items. The tools have included somatic symptoms measurement in measuring general psychopathology, somatic symptoms as part of anxiety and depression, somatic symptoms specifically, and as a screening instrument for somatoform disorders. The advantages and disadvantages of common measures have been discussed. It appears that no one measure fulfils the essential criteria of an ideal measure for somatic symptoms. The measures of somatic symptoms should also be culturally sensitive and serve diagnostic, prognostic and heuristic purposes. These aspects are highlighted in the review.
Santosh K Chaturvedi; Geetha Desai
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International review of psychiatry (Abingdon, England)     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1369-1627     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Rev Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8918131     Medline TA:  Int Rev Psychiatry     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences , Bangalore , India.
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