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Patients repeatedly referred to secondary care with symptoms unexplained by organic disease: prevalence, characteristics and referral pattern.

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BACKGROUND: Patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are commonly referred to specialist clinics. Repeated referrals suggest unmet patient need and inefficient use of resources. OBJECTIVES: How often does this happen, who are the patients and how are they referred? METHODS: The design of the study is a case-control survey. The setting of the study is five general practices in Scotland, UK. The cases were 193 adults with three or more referrals over 5 years, at least two of which res...

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10.1093/fampra/cmq053

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Role:
Author
Journal:
Family practice
Volume:
27
Issue:
5
Pages:
479-486
Publication date:
2010-10-05
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EISSN:
1460-2229
ISSN:
0263-2136
URN:
uuid:2f4867e2-d7ac-4ad1-a999-02a0cc849b2c
Source identifiers:
179032
Local pid:
pubs:179032

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