Marinda N Spies-Dorgelo

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OBJECTIVE Physical symptoms, such as musculoskeletal pain, dizziness, or headache, are common. People with more symptoms are reported to use more healthcare and have higher sickness absenteeism. We studied the impact of the number of symptoms on perceived health in a community sample. METHODS Between June 2005 and March 2006, a random sample of 4741(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the course of a new episode of hand and wrist problems in general practice and to identify predictors that are associated with poor outcome at short-term and long-term followup. METHODS Patients consulting their general practitioner with hand or wrist problems (no prior consultation in the preceding 3 months) were sent a(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the clinimetric properties of two questionnaires assessing symptoms (Symptom Severity Scale) and physical functioning (hand and finger function subscale of the AIMS2) in a Dutch primary care population. METHODS The first 84 participants in a 1-year follow-up study on the diagnosis and prognosis of hand and wrist problems completed(More)
OBJECTIVES Hand and wrist problems are common, but little is known about characteristics of patients consulting the general practitioner (GP) for these problems. The objectives are: (i) to describe wrist and hand problems presented to the GP in terms of severity of symptoms, and their impact on physical, emotional and social functioning; (ii) to describe(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To describe diagnoses made by general practitioners (GPs) in patients with hand or wrist problems, 2) to describe management, and 3) to determine the association between diagnostic information and two outcomes: persistent symptoms and specialist referral. METHODS GPs recruited patients with hand or wrist problems and completed a standardized(More)
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