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Titolo:
SOMATIZATION AND MEDICALIZATION IN THE ERA OF MANAGED CARE
Autore:
BARSKY AJ; BORUS JF;
Indirizzi:
BRIGHAM & WOMENS HOSP,DIV PSYCHIAT,75 FRANCIS ST BOSTON MA 02115 HARVARD UNIV,SCH MED,DEPT PSYCHIAT BOSTON MA 02115 HARVARD UNIV,SCH MED,CTR STUDY ILLNESS EXPERIENCE BOSTON MA 02115
Titolo Testata:
JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association
fascicolo: 24, volume: 274, anno: 1995,
pagine: 1931 - 1934
SICI:
0098-7484(1995)274:24<1931:SAMITE>2.0.ZU;2-C
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
PERSISTENT SOMATIZING PATIENTS; PSYCHIATRIC-CONSULTATION; COMMON SYMPTOMS; FAMILY-PRACTICE; DISORDER; HEALTH; PREVALENCE; COMMUNITY; PHYSICIANS; UTILIZERS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
80
Recensione:
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Citazione:
A.J. Barsky e J.F. Borus, "SOMATIZATION AND MEDICALIZATION IN THE ERA OF MANAGED CARE", JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association, 274(24), 1995, pp. 1931-1934

Abstract

Somatization, the reporting of somatic symptoms that have no pathophysiological explanation, appears to be increasing as sociocultural currents reduce the public's tolerance of mild symptoms and benign infirmities and lower the threshold for seeking medical attention for such complaints. These trends coincide with a progressive medicalization of physical distress in which uncomfortable bodily states and isolated symptoms are reclassified as diseases fdr which medical treatment is sought. Somatization and medicalization are likely to become more problematic in the era of managed care. Under capitation, providers will have greater incentives to reduce utilization, and somatizing patients may feel forced to express their ''dis-ease'' in more urgent and exaggerated terms in order to gain access to the physician. in addition, prepaid subscribers will suffer little financial disincentive to seek medical attention for relatively minor complaints; therefore, they are likely to increase the demand for physician consultation. This situation suggests an urgent need to improve the management of somatizing patients. Innovative consultative, behavioral, and educational interventions are now available. In addition, medical professionals should greet the process of medicalization with considerable caution and educate the public more about the normative presence of symptoms and bodily distressin healthy people. Additional research is needed into somatization and its relationship to the demand for medical care. In an era of managed care, increased attention should be devoted to understanding and controlling the demand for care, a large portion of which is symptom driven.

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