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The ISBM Committee for International Collaboration has established a network for the study of subjective and unexplained health complaints.

Unexplained symptoms, or subjective complaints without objective findings, or where the complaints do not seem to correspond to the objective findings, are a frequent reason for encounter with the general practitioner, and a frequent source of sickness compensation. Traditional medicine seems to have little to offer except a preference for new diagnoses and new labels. The complaints seem to remain the same, with muscle pain, unspecific gastrointestinal complaints, fatigue, dizziness, and slight mood changes as the most frequent. The prevalence is very high in the general population. Since there are few if any objective findings, the patients are often referred to psychiatric treatment. The condition affects the behavior and mood of the patient, but the psychiatric findings are also modest. Behavioral treatment programs may improve the condition, or, at least, the interpretation of the complaints.



  EHPS Conference
23rd Annual Congress of the European Health Psychology Society, Pisa, Italy. Sept
23-26, 2009.

  Psychsomatic Medicine
World Congress of Psychosomatic Medicine, Torino, Italy, Sept. 23-26, 2009

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  Brox JI, et al.Systematic review of back schools, brief education, and fear-avoidance training for chronic low back pain. Spine J. 2008;8(6):948-58.

  Oyeflaten I, Hysing M, Eriksen HR. Prognostic factors associated with return to work following multidisciplinary vocational rehabilitation. J Rehabil Med 2008;40:548-54.

  Stubhaug B, at al. Cognitive-behavioural therapy v. mirtazapine for chronic fatigue and neurasthenia: randomised placebo-controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry. 2008 Mar;192(3):217-23.

  Lie SA, et al. A multi-state model for sick-leave data applied to a randomized control trial study of low back pain. Scand J Public Health. 2008 May;36(3):279-83.


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