10th September – PulseToday.co.uk – Tackling Tricky Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Numbers vary across studies in the UK and elsewhere but it seems that 20-30% of primary care consultations will be with people who are experiencing disturbing physical symptoms with no clear diagnosis. It is likely you will be seeing at least one or two patients a day who have attended repeatedly with similar problems. Lots of time and money can be spent with these patients with the process proving frustrating for the clinician and stressful or unhelpful for the patient.

Barry Smale is a psychotherapist, with a special interest in somatoform disorders, MUS and complex trauma, working in London at Nightingale Hospital and in private practice.

Dr Frankie Connell is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Tryst, and at Nightingale Hospital.

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