[Mental disorders in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome : Screening in centres of different medical specialties.]

Klinik Innere Medizin I mit Schwerpunkt Psychosomatik, Klinikum Saarbrücken GmbH, Winterberg 1, 66119, Saarbrücken, Deutschland.
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BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews have reported a wide range of prevalence rates for depressive, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) which have been partially explained by setting differences. No data are currently available on the prevalence of potential mental disorders depending on the medical specialty in Germany. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All consecutive FMS patients of 8 study centres (3 rheumatology/orthopaedic surgery, 3 psychosomatic/pain medicine, 2 physical/integrative medicine) were assessed from February 1 to July 31, 2012 with standardised questionnaires. Patients with FMS diagnosed by a study physician were included. Non-German speaking and mentally retarded patients were excluded. The German version of the Patient Health Questionnaire 4 was used to screen for potential depressive and anxiety disorders. Severe life events were assessed by the trauma list of the Munich Composite International Diagnostic Interview and symptom criteria of PTSD of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) using the Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale. RESULTS: Of 538 patients, 396 patients (93.9 % women, mean age 52.3 years, mean duration since chronic widespread pain 12.8 years, mean duration since FMS diagnosis 4.5 years) were analysed. In all, 65.7 % of patients met the criteria of a potential depressive disorder, 67.9 % of a potential anxiety disorder and 45.5 % of a potential PTSD. Potential depressive disorders were more frequent in the psychosomatic/pain medicine setting than in the rheumatology setting. CONCLUSION: Potential mental disorders were frequent in FMS patients regardless of the medical specialty. All FMS patients of all types of clinical settings should be screened for mental disorders.

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    • "Please cite this article as: Häuser W, et al, Construct validity and clinical utility of current research criteria of DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder diagnosis in patients with ..., J Psychosom Res (2015), in previous German FMS multicenter studies [34] as well as of systematic reviews on FMS and mental disorders [35]. "
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    ABSTRACT: The validity and clinical utility of current research criteria of the DSM 5 category somatic symptom disorder (SSD) needs to be tested outside the setting of psychiatry. Consecutive patients with an established diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) were evaluated by medical examination, psychiatric interview and self-report questionnaires in an outpatient pain medicine center. The diagnosis of SSD was established using published research criteria. The discriminative concurrent criterion validity of SSD was tested by comparing FMS-patients with and without SSD as to the amount of impairment and of health care seeking. Two clinicians blinded as to the purpose of the study, assessed the medical reports of patients after the evaluation for the determination of the need for psychotherapy based on the German FMS - guideline recommendations (clinical utility). 25.6% of 156 patients met the criteria of SSD. Patients meeting SSD criteria scored significantly higher in a self-report measure of disability. There were no significant differences in the number of patients on sick leave or applying for disability pension and in self-reported doctor visits and physiotherapy in the previous six months. 95.0% of patients with SSD and 71.6% of patients without SSD met the criteria of a current anxiety or depressive disorder as assessed by the psychiatric interview. 80.0% of patients with SSD and 66.7% of patients without SSD received a recommendation for psychotherapy. The construct validity and clinical utility of current research criteria of DSM 5 category SSD were limited in German patients with FMS. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    ABSTRACT: Objective Graduated treatment of patients with functional somatic syndromes (FSS) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) depending on their severity has been recommended by recent guidelines. The Patient Health Questionnaire 15 (PHQ 15) is a validated measure of somatic symptom severity in FSS. We tested the discriminant and transcultural validity of the PHQ 15 as a generic measure of severity in persons with FMS. Methods Persons meeting recognized FMS-criteria of the general German population (N = 98), of the US National Data Bank of Rheumatic Diseases (N = 440), and of a single German pain medicine center (N = 167) completed validated self-report questionnaires on somatic and psychological distress (Polysymptomatic Distress scale, Patient Health Questionnaire 4), health-related quality of life (HRQOL) (Short Form Health Survey 12 or 36) and disability (Pain Disability Index). In addition, self-reports of working status were assessed in the clinical setting. Overall severity of FMS was defined by PHQ 15 scores: mild (0–9), moderate (10–14) and severe (15–30). Results Persons with mild, moderate and severe FMS did not differ in age and gender. Irrespective of the setting, persons with severe FMS reported more pain sites, fatigue, depressed mood, impaired HRQOL and disability than persons with moderate or mild FMS. Patients with severe FMS in the NDB and in the German clinical center reported more work-related disability than patients with mild FMS. Conclusion The PHQ 15 is a valid generic measure of overall severity in FMS.
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