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Different Strokes for Different Folks: The BodyMind Approach as a Learning Tool for Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms to Self-Manage

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By Helen Payne and Susan Brooks

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are common and costly in both primary and secondary health care. It is gradually being acknowledged that there needs to be a variety of interventions for patients with MUS to meet the needs of different groups of patients with such chronic long-term symptoms. The proposed intervention described herewith is called The BodyMind Approach (TBMA) and promotes learning for self-management through establishing a dynamic and continuous process of emotional self-regulation. The problem is the mismatch between the patient’s mind-set and profile and current interventions. This theoretical article, based on practice-based evidence, takes forward the idea that different approaches (other than cognitive behavioural therapy) are required for people with MUS.

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Reference
Payne, H., and Brooks, S. (2018). Different strokes for different folks: The BodyMind Approach as a learning tool for patients with medically unexplained symptoms to self-management. Frontiers in Psychology 9:2222. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02222