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Somatization in refugees: a review.
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PMID:  24816685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To present a review of the literature concerning medically unexplained physical symptoms in refugees.
METHODS: We outline a variety of definitions and explanations of somatization, as well as the role of culture in the concept of disease. In addition, we present a review of the epidemiological literature about somatization in refugees.
RESULTS: Refugees from non-Western countries exhibit more unexplained somatic symptoms than the general Western population. Although different studies have employed different methodologies and are therefore difficult to compare, it can be concluded that refugees form a particular population in which somatization is prominent.
CONCLUSIONS: Potential, not mutually exclusive, explanations of the high number of somatic symptoms in the refugee population include general psychopathology, specifically traumatisation, results of torture, and stigmatisation of psychiatric care. There are implications for assessment, clinical treatment and further research concerning somatization in refugees.
Hans G Rohlof; Jeroen W Knipscheer; Rolf J Kleber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-5-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1433-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-5-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804358     Medline TA:  Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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