Integrated diagnostic and treatment approach for the medical patient who has had psychologic trauma.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Physicians often treat patients with physical illnesses that have a functional component. Investigators have discovered that many of these patients have unresolved emotional problems associated with histories of trauma and abuse. METHODS:Abused and traumatized patients with medical complaints often seek medical help. Empathic nonpsychiatrist physicians play an important role in the care of these patients. The physician's efforts can be augmented by a trained RN to provide supportive stress training and nutrition education and by a mental health professional to provide psychotherapy when needed. RESULTS:In the case presented, the patient had symptomatic improvement when her physician empathically provided medical treatment, involved the staff and a trained RN in the healing effort, and made an appropriate referral to a mental health professional. CONCLUSION:This unified diagnostic and treatment approach for traumatized patients with medical problems can be rewarding, efficacious, and cost effective.

journal_name

South Med J

journal_title

Southern medical journal

authors

Brende JO,Dill JE,Dill B,Sibcy GA

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1998-04-01 00:00:00

pages

318-24

issue

4

eissn

0038-4348

issn

1541-8243

journal_volume

91

pub_type

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