Programme no. 204-SY
Professional Development
Primary care patients with medically unexplained symptoms: Health status, sick leave and work disability
Silje Mæland*1, Erik Lønnmark Werner2, Aase Aamland*3, Marianne Rosendal*4
1Department of Health and Social Sciences,Bergen University College,Bergen,Norway;Uni Research Health,Bergen,Norway, 2Deparment of General Practice,University of Oslo,Oslo,Norway;Research Unit for General Practice,Uni Research Health,Bergen,Norway, 3Research Unit for General Practice,Uni Research Health,Bergen,Norway, 4Research Unit for General Practice, Department of Public Health,Aarhus University,Aarhus,Denmark
* = Presenting author
Symposium
Objectives: The aim of this symposium is to present results from studies using different methods but each focusing on health status and functioning in patients with medically unexplained symptoms. In the symposium, we will discuss consequences of sick leave and work disability and the potential for prevention of marginalization from a patient, doctor and societal perspective.
Background: Medically unexplained symptoms are highly prevalent in primary care. While many of these symptoms are self-limiting and resolve, others are persistent and disabling. Medically unexplained symptoms have been suggested to be a leading cause for sick leave. However, knowledge on sick leave and work disability, course and consequences in patients with medically unexplained symptoms remain scarce.
Content: The symposium will be a mix of presentations of current research findings and researchers’ reflections, followed by interactive discussions with the audience. The audience will be encouraged to contribute with own experiences and reflections on sick leave and work disability in patients with medically unexplained symptoms.

The themes will be:

  1. Medically unexplained symptoms - challenges in primary care (MR)
  2. Health status in patients with bodily distress syndrome (ABL) Cancelled
  3. Sick leave and work disability in patients with bodily distress syndrome (MTR) Cancelled
  4. General practitioners’ sick leave decisions for patients with medically unexplained symptoms (SM)
  5. Patients’ experiences of medically unexplained symptoms and long-term sick leave (AA)
Method: The presenters will share and discuss their study results on the subject in matter based on both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Other considerations: None