The narrative approach as an effective single intervention in functional somatic symptoms in a multi-disciplinary referral clinic for primary care frequent attenders

Andre Matalon, Tzvia Nachmani, Stanley Rabin, Benyamin Maoz

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Abstract

Mental health problems are underdiagnosed in general practice, primarily because they are often somatized and the patient reports only physical symptoms. These somatized symptoms are responsible for a large percentage of the frequent attenders in general practice. Palpitations are among those somatized symptoms. Here we present the theoretical background and the process of assessment and treatment of patients referred to a special counselling clinic for frequent attenders, through the report of a patient with palpitations. It illustrates the use of the narrative approach and the possible mode of action of this specific intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalFamily Practice
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

Keywords

  • Functional somatic symptoms
  • Life review
  • Narrative approach
  • Palpitations
  • Sense of coherence

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