Family Doctor and Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Prof Christopher Dowrick, chair of Working Party for Mental Health tells us about the latest resource produced by a task group of the Working Party or use by family doctors :"Addressing the needs of patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)"

All family doctors have consultations with patients who present physical symptoms for which there is no clear medical explanation. For many of us, these encounters can be a source of difficulty and frustration.

The WONCA Working Party for Mental Health is here to help!

An international led by Tim Olde Hartman now provides a new evidence-based guidance document based on 10 Key Points to provide a guidance for Family Doctors all over the world in the management of patients with Medical Unexplained Symptoms (MUS).

Starting from the understanding of MUS as a working hypothesis, we offer advice on risk factors, communication, explanation and management, all within a framework of cultural competence.

Download MUS document (11pp)