Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria

Lara Mangelli, Alessandra Bravi, Giovanni A. Fava, Fedra Ottolini, Piero Porcelli, Chiara Rafanelli, Marco Rigatelli, Nicoletta Sonino

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Background: Somatization is a widespread clinical phenomenon that cuts across diagnostic categories, both psychiatric and medical. Objective: This study investigates whether somatization can be assessed with a comprehensive diagnostic system, the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research (DCPR) in gastroenterology and cardiology (myocardial infarction) patients. Method: Authors assessed a group of 343 outpatients, 190 gastroenterology and 153 cardiology outpatients, with functional gastrointestinal disorders and recent first myocardial infarction. Results: A total of 146 patients were diagnosed by the DCPR Somatization cluster and 106 by the DCPR Abnormal Illness Behavior cluster; 27 patients who met DSM-IV criteria for somatoform disorders were not classified with any DCPR somatization syndromes, whereas 120 with DCPR Somatization cluster did not satisfy the criteria for DSM-IV somatoform disorders. Conclusion: Findings suggest that the DCPR is able to identify clinical and subthreshold psychosomatic syndromes and that it can used jointly with the DSM-IV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Somatoform Disorders
Gastroenterology
Cardiology
Outpatients
Myocardial Infarction
Illness Behavior
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Psychiatry
Diagnostics
Somatization
Syndrome

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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Mangelli, L., Bravi, A., Fava, G. A., Ottolini, F., Porcelli, P., Rafanelli, C., ... Sonino, N. (2009). Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria. Psychosomatics, 50(1), 38-41. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.1.38

Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria. / Mangelli, Lara; Bravi, Alessandra; Fava, Giovanni A.; Ottolini, Fedra; Porcelli, Piero; Rafanelli, Chiara; Rigatelli, Marco; Sonino, Nicoletta.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 50, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 38-41.

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Mangelli, L, Bravi, A, Fava, GA, Ottolini, F, Porcelli, P, Rafanelli, C, Rigatelli, M & Sonino, N 2009, 'Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria', Psychosomatics, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 38-41. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.1.38
Mangelli L, Bravi A, Fava GA, Ottolini F, Porcelli P, Rafanelli C et al. Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria. Psychosomatics. 2009 Jan;50(1):38-41. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.1.38
Mangelli, Lara ; Bravi, Alessandra ; Fava, Giovanni A. ; Ottolini, Fedra ; Porcelli, Piero ; Rafanelli, Chiara ; Rigatelli, Marco ; Sonino, Nicoletta. / Assessing somatization with various diagnostic criteria. In: Psychosomatics. 2009 ; Vol. 50, No. 1. pp. 38-41.
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