Whether medically unexplained or not, three or more concurrent somatic symptoms predict psychopathology and service use in community populations.

@article{Escobar2010WhetherMU,
  title={Whether medically unexplained or not, three or more concurrent somatic symptoms predict psychopathology and service use in community populations.},
  author={Javier I. Escobar and Benjamin L{\^e} Cook and Chi-Nan Chen and Michael A. Gara and Margarita Alegr{\'i}a and Alejandro Interian and Esperanza D{\'i}az},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  year={2010},
  volume={69 1},
  pages={1-8}
}
OBJECTIVES To examine the frequency of somatic symptoms in a community population of various ethnic backgrounds and to identify correlates of these symptoms such as psychopathology, use of services, and personal distress. METHODS Using a 14-symptom inventory with interviewer probes for somatic symptoms, we determined the presence of general physical symptoms (GPS) in a sample of 4864 white, Latino, and Asian US community respondents. Medically "edited" verbatim interview responses were used… CONTINUE READING