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Explanation and relations. How do general practitioners deal with patients with persistent medically unexplained symptoms: a focus group study

olde Hartman, Tim C.; Hassink-Franke, Lieke J.; Lucassen, Peter; van Spaendonck, Karel P.; van Weel, Chris


BACKGROUND Persistent presentation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) is troublesome for general practitioners (GPs) and causes pressure on the doctor-patient relationship. As a consequence, GPs face the problem of establishing an ongoing, preferably effective relationship with these patients. This study aims at exploring GPs' perceptions about explaining MUS to patients and about how relationships with these patients evolve over time in daily practice. METHODS A qualitative approach,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009-09-24
Type: Journal article
Source: BMC Family Practice
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2296-10-68


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