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Frequent attenders without organic disease in a gastroenterology clinic. Patient characteristics and health care use.

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We used a hospital computer to identify 50 patients (35 women, 15 men) satisfying research criteria for "frequent attenders" at a gastroenterology outpatient clinic (four or more visits to a general hospital clinic in the previous 12 months). Their mean duration of symptoms was 5 years, and 80% reported fatigue as a significant complaint. Thirteen (37%) of the women were also consulting a gynecologist, and in nine of these their status was normal. Seven (21%) of the 35 women who were intervie...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Role:
Author
Journal:
General hospital psychiatry
Volume:
21
Issue:
1
Pages:
30-38
Publication date:
1999-01-01
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EISSN:
1873-7714
ISSN:
0163-8343
URN:
uuid:46dbddc3-8ef7-400b-a9da-06b25ee90850
Source identifiers:
175751
Local pid:
pubs:175751

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