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Article: Medically unexplained symptoms in family medicine: Defining a research agenda. Proceedings from WONCA 2007

TitleMedically unexplained symptoms in family medicine: Defining a research agenda. Proceedings from WONCA 2007
Authors
KeywordsCultural perspective
Family practice
Medically unexplained symptoms
Research agenda
Issue Date2008
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Family Practice, 2008, v. 25 n. 4, p. 266-271 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Medically unexplained symptoms (MUSs) are frequently presented in primary care. Unfortunately, knowledge of these patients and/or symptoms in primary care is still limited. Available research comes mainly from Europe and North America, while the perspectives of cultures such as Africa, Asia and South America are relatively unknown. To bring cultural perspectives together, a symposium and workshop on MUS in primary care was held at the WONCA World Conference 2007 in Singapore. Objective: Main goals of this symposium and workshop - apart from presenting ongoing research and bringing together experts in MUS - were to detect knowledge gaps in MUS and to establish priorities in MUS research. This publication focuses on the proposed research agenda. Methods: Using a nominal group technique, we generated research topics and set priorities. Research topics were grouped into research themes. Results. Participants' (66 researchers and GPs from 29 nationalities) most important research topics were 'formulating a broadly accepted definition of MUS', 'finding a strategy to recognize MUS better and at an earlier stage', 'studying the value of self-management and empowerment in patients with MUS' and 'finding predictors to decide which strategy will best help the individual patient with MUS'. Priorities in research themes of MUS are as follows: (i) therapeutic options for patients with MUS and (ii) problems in consultations with these patients. Conclusions: More research on MUS in primary care is needed to improve the consultations with and management of these patients. Internationally primary care conferences are excellent for exchanging ideas and formulating central issues of research. © The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59197
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.022
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.048
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dc.contributor.authorOlde Hartman, TCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHassinkFranke, LJAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDowrick, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFortes, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, Cen_HK
dc.contributor.authorVan der horst, HEen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLucassen, PLBJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorVan WeelBaumgarten, EMen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:44:52Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:44:52Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationFamily Practice, 2008, v. 25 n. 4, p. 266-271en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0263-2136en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59197-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Medically unexplained symptoms (MUSs) are frequently presented in primary care. Unfortunately, knowledge of these patients and/or symptoms in primary care is still limited. Available research comes mainly from Europe and North America, while the perspectives of cultures such as Africa, Asia and South America are relatively unknown. To bring cultural perspectives together, a symposium and workshop on MUS in primary care was held at the WONCA World Conference 2007 in Singapore. Objective: Main goals of this symposium and workshop - apart from presenting ongoing research and bringing together experts in MUS - were to detect knowledge gaps in MUS and to establish priorities in MUS research. This publication focuses on the proposed research agenda. Methods: Using a nominal group technique, we generated research topics and set priorities. Research topics were grouped into research themes. Results. Participants' (66 researchers and GPs from 29 nationalities) most important research topics were 'formulating a broadly accepted definition of MUS', 'finding a strategy to recognize MUS better and at an earlier stage', 'studying the value of self-management and empowerment in patients with MUS' and 'finding predictors to decide which strategy will best help the individual patient with MUS'. Priorities in research themes of MUS are as follows: (i) therapeutic options for patients with MUS and (ii) problems in consultations with these patients. Conclusions: More research on MUS in primary care is needed to improve the consultations with and management of these patients. Internationally primary care conferences are excellent for exchanging ideas and formulating central issues of research. © The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
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dc.rightsFamily Practice. Copyright © Oxford University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectCultural perspectiveen_HK
dc.subjectFamily practiceen_HK
dc.subjectMedically unexplained symptomsen_HK
dc.subjectResearch agendaen_HK
dc.titleMedically unexplained symptoms in family medicine: Defining a research agenda. Proceedings from WONCA 2007en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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