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Do medically unexplained symptoms matter? A prospective cohort study of 300 new referrals to neurology outpatient clinics.

Authors
Journal
Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
0022-3050
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
68
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.68.2.207
Keywords
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged
  • 80 And Over
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Brain Diseases
  • Cognition Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Referral And Consultation
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

To determine (a) the proportion of patients referred to general neurology outpatient clinics whose symptoms are medically unexplained; (b) why they were referred; (c) health status and emotional disorder in this group compared with patients whose symptoms are explained by "organic" neurological disease.

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