The Relationship Between Somatic Symptoms, Health Anxiety, and Outcome in Medical Out-Patients

ArticleinThe Psychiatric clinics of North America 34(3):545-64 · September 2011with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.87 · DOI: 10.1016/j.psc.2011.05.001 · Source: PubMed


    The author and colleagues tested cut point scores on measures of total somatic symptoms and health anxiety of new medical out-patients, to determine whether they predicted health status and number of medical consultations. High-scoring participants had significantly more impaired health status and medical consultations. High scores were associated with dissatisfaction with the doctor's explanation of their symptoms. Whether symptoms were medically explained or not made little difference to these results; anxiety and depression were not found to have effect. The author and colleagues found support for the combination of somatic symptoms and health anxiety as proposed in DSM-V complex somatic symptom disorder.