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Healthcare costs incurred by patients repeatedly referred to secondary medical care with medically unexplained symptoms: a cost of illness study.

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BACKGROUND: Some patients are repeatedly referred from primary to secondary care with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). We aimed to estimate the healthcare costs incurred by such referrals and to compare them with those incurred by other referred patients from the same defined primary care sample. METHODS: Using a referral database and case note review, all adult patients aged less than 65 years, who had been referred to specialist medical services from one of five UK National Health Ser...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Psychiatry
Role:
Author
Journal:
Journal of psychosomatic research More from this journal
Volume:
72
Issue:
3
Pages:
242-247
Publication date:
2012-03-01
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EISSN:
1879-1360
ISSN:
0022-3999
Language:
English
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pubs:254384
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uuid:cb5dd2bd-185e-4792-8d8b-15b1d31d9eac
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pubs:254384
Source identifiers:
254384
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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