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Why do doctors dislike treating people with somatoform disorder?


Pridmore, S and Skerritt, P and Ahmadi, J, Why do doctors dislike treating people with somatoform disorder?, Australasian Psychiatry, 12, (2) pp. 134-138. ISSN 1039-8562 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1039-8562.2004.02085.x


Objective: To consider the question of why doctors dislike treating people with somatoform disorder, with a view to assisting debate and improving services. Methods: The literature was examined, and compared with clinical experience. Results: Psychological, sociological and evolutionary theory make relevant contributions. Important factors include that these conditions are problematic and positive outcomes may not be possible given current knowledge and clinical skills and techniques. Patients may not accept that their problem is a form of psychiatric or brain disorder. Most importantly, the doctor may not accept that somatoform disorders are beyond the control of patients, setting the scene for irritation and unsatisfactory interactions. Conclusions: There are many factors that underlie the dislike of some doctors for treating people with somatoform disorder. There is a pressing need for educational efforts to help students and doctors accept that the symptoms of somatoform disorder are beyond the control of those who suffer them.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:29930
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-04-15

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