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Frequent attenders in Primary Care: Impact of Medical, Psychiatric and Psychosomatic Diagnoses

Ferrari, S; Galeazzi, Gian Maria; Mackinnon, Andrew; Rigatelli, M

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Background: Anxiety, mild depression and somatization are common in primary care (PC). Several studies have suggested that they may play a role in causing an excessive use of health care services, especially when combined with medical morbidity. The present case-control study explored how psychiatric and psychosomatic diagnoses and perceived quality of life are associated with the phenomenon of frequent attendance. Method: Fifty most frequent attenders (FAs) in a 1-year period at a PC clinic in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/37607
Source: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
DOI: 10.1159/000142523

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