Objectives To describe, from the perspective of patients, distinguishing features of doctors'attempts to explain the symptoms of somatisation disorders.
Design Qualitative analysis of verbatim records of interviews in which patients recounted doctors'explanations of their symptoms.
Setting Patients with persistent somatising symptoms referred from general practices in Liverpool and St Helens and Knowsley were interviewed before entry into a treatment programme.
Subjects 228 of 324 patients referred were interviewed.
Initial interviews were used to develop the process and technique, and the final analysis was based on a subsample of 68 records, randomly chosen from the transcripts of 188 subjects who were interviewed subsequently.
Results Doctors'explanations were often at odds with the patients'own thinking.
Analysis showed that medical explanations could be grouped into one of three categories, defined by the patients'perceptions.
Most explanations were experienced as rejecting the reality of the symptoms.
An intermediate category comprised explanations that were viewed as colluding, in which the doctor acquiesced with the patients'own biomedical theories.
However, a few explanations were perceived by patients as tangible, exculpating, and involving.
These explanations were experienced by patients as satisfying and empowering. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Royaume Uni, Europe, Plainte somatique, Homme, Perception, Autoévaluation, Relation médecin malade, Personnel sanitaire, Médecin, Compréhension, Trouble somatoforme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United Kingdom, Europe, Somatic complaint, Human, Perception, Self evaluation, Physician patient relation, Health staff, Physician, Comprehension, Somatoform disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0148706
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 16/11/1999.