[Towards a unified treatment approach for functional somatic syndromes and somatization]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Jun 14;172(24):1839-42.
[Article in Danish]


Identical treatment strategies have proven effective in various functional somatic syndromes (FSS) and evidence is increasing that FSS share common aetiological factors, pathophysiological mechanisms and psychological features. Currently, only a minority of patients with FSS receive evidence-based treatment. The main reasons for this are inappropriate organisation of care, physicians' lack of knowledge and a widespread neglect of patients' suffering. We outline a unified stepped care approach for the prevention and management of FSS in which treatment strategies are not based on the diagnostic label, but on illness severity and complexity.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Critical Pathways / organization & administration
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy
  • Humans
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome / therapy
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / prevention & control
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Somatoform Disorders / prevention & control
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome