What is it about?

This article reviews the literature to find out how people living with medically unexplained symptoms experience their interaction with healthcare and healthcare professionals. Medically unexplained symptoms can be defined as a complaint for which no organic disease can be detected. Themes of experience of diagnosis, expectations, communication, and healthful relationships were presented.

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Why is it important?

An evidence-base is needed, and is lacking, on which to build best practice for providing care for people living with medically unexplained symptoms. A growing number of people present with an medically unexplained symptom and there experience of healthcare is majorly negative. Understanding a first person perspective of healthcare provision can help develop professional practice.

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This page is a summary of: Healthcare experiences of people living with medically unexplained symptoms: a systematic review, British Journal of Nursing, March 2024, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjon.2024.33.5.256.
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