Neurology out-patients with symptoms unexplained by disease: illness beliefs and financial benefits predict 1-year outcome.

@article{Sharpe2010NeurologyOW,
  title={Neurology out-patients with symptoms unexplained by disease: illness beliefs and financial benefits predict 1-year outcome.},
  author={Michael Sharpe and Jeff Stone and Carina Hibberd and Catherine Warlow and Rosie Duncan and Rob Coleman and Rachel Roberts and Richard Cull and Anthony Pelosi and Jonathon Cavanagh and Kate Matthews and R. Goldbeck and Ron Smyth and Amy Walker and Jeremy Walker and A G MacMahon and Gordon D. Murray and Andrea Carson},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={689-98}
}
BACKGROUND Patients whose symptoms are 'unexplained by disease' often have a poor symptomatic outcome after specialist consultation, but we know little about which patient factors predict this. We therefore aimed to determine predictors of poor subjective outcome for new neurology out-patients with symptoms unexplained by disease 1 year after the initial consultation. METHOD The Scottish Neurological Symptom Study was a 1-year prospective cohort study of patients referred to secondary care… CONTINUE READING

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