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Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by PhoenixDown, May 13, 2013.

  1. PhoenixDown

    PhoenixDown Senior Member

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    Medically Unexplained Symptoms on Radio 4

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lbn9y

    It was a poor discussion which didn't go into failing to extensively test, implies the problem becomes chronic because a label was given. Assumes psychosocial explanations, and buys in to the fallacy that MUPS/MUS are psychological by default.
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    PhoenixDown Senior Member

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    http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/5/519.full

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23369375

    'They've just got symptoms without science': Medical trainees' acquisition of negative attitudes towards patients with medically unexplained symptoms.

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    The more I read about it, the more I think that reassurance is a dangerous intervention, particularly when given without informed consent. People should be spoken to honestly and uncertainty explored, even when doing so is not at all reassuring.
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    It is astounding that doctors still can't just simply say, 'Sorry, we don't know what the problem is, our current knowledge ends here'.

    I don't care if they don't know about everything, expert technical knowledge always has it limits, and there are plenty of those limits in medicine.

    But I do care if they pretend they do know and bullshit me, and then try to blame their failure on me because I don't go along with their destructive dishonest nonsense.

    They get no respect or politeness from me on that.
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