The prevalence of symptoms in medical outpatients and the adequacy of therapy.

@article{Kroenke1990ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of symptoms in medical outpatients and the adequacy of therapy.},
  author={Kurt Kroenke and Margarett Arrington and A David Mangelsdorff},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  year={1990},
  volume={150 8},
  pages={
          1685-9
        }
}
Common symptoms account for substantial patient disability and health services utilization. To determine the prevalence of 15 symptoms and the adequacy of therapy, 500 medical outpatients were surveyed. The 410 respondents indicated which symptoms were "major problems" and what therapy, if any, had been helpful. Each symptom was present in at least 10% of patients, with the most prevalent symptoms being fatigue (33%) and back pain (32%). Patients were clustered into three groups: (1) 140 were… CONTINUE READING
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