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Group therapy for somatization disorders in primary care: maintenance of treatment goals of short cognitive-behavioural treatment one-and-a-half-year follow-up

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Lidbeck J. Group therapy for somatization disorders in primary care: maintenance of treatment goals of short cognitive-behavioural treatment one-and-a-half-year follow-up.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 449–456. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective: 

The objective of this study was to evaluate the maintenance of treatment goals of a short cognitive-behavioural group treatment programme for the management of somatization disorders in primary care. Method: 

In a previous controlled 6-month follow-up study, patients with somatization disorders (n=32) improved with respect to illness and somatic preoccupation, hypochondriasis, and medication usage. In the present report the same group of patients were also investigated one-and-a-half year after initial treatment. Results: 

The long-term follow-up manifested maintained improvement with respect to hypochondriasis. There was additional reduction of anxiety and psychosocial preoccupation, whereas somatization and depression-anxiety scores improved progressively. Conclusion: 

A short cognitive-behavioural group treatment of psychosomatic patients can be useful in primary care and may manifest maintained or progressive beneficial outcome.
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Keywords: cognitive behaviour therapy; follow-up studies; general practice; group therapy; somatization disorders

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Pain Management Clinic, Department of Anaesthesiology, Hospital of Helsingborg, Helsingborg, Sweden

Publication date: 2003-06-01

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