The natural history of somatization in primary care.

  title={The natural history of somatization in primary care.},
  author={Oye Gureje and Gregory E Simon},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  volume={29 3},
BACKGROUND Somatization is often regarded as a chronic disorder. However, empirical studies to support this view and to determine its natural history in primary care are lacking. This paper provides data on the incidence and persistence of current somatization syndrome in a large cross-national sample drawn from 15 sites in 14 countries. METHODS After screening with the General Health Questionnaire, a stratified sample of 5438 primary care patients was interviewed with the Composite… CONTINUE READING


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