Medically unexplained symptoms: The need for effective communication and an integrated care strategy

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Abstract

Much is already known about medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) in terms of incidence, presentation and current treatment. What needs to be urgently addressed is a strategy for dealing with patients and their conditions, particularly when they do not fall neatly into medical frameworks or pathologies where the syndrome can be easily explained. This article will consider the provision of health and social care support for patients with MUS within an interprofessional education context. The author will contend that a sensitive and valued service for this large client group is dependent upon services without professional boundaries and practitioners with a clinical interest that can work together and agree an appropriate way forward in terms of care, support and strategic service provision. The article will support the idea that clear guidelines through the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence can offer clear clinical direction for practitioners working in primary and secondary care settings to work together interprofessionally to ensure a seamless and sensitive service for people with this condition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Keywords

  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

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