Identifying subgroups based on self-management skills in primary care patients with moderate medically unexplained physical symptoms.

Affiliation

Physical Therapy Sciences, Program in Clinical Health Sciences, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Center for Physical Therapy Research and Innovation in Primary Care, Leidsche Rijn Julius Health Care Centers, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Fysio Center Den Haag, The Hague, the Netherlands. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) are a major burden on both patients and society and frequently develop into chronic MUPS. Self-management interventions may prevent moderate MUPS from becoming chronic. Tailoring interventions to the patient population is strongly recommended. This can be facilitated by identifying subgroups based on self-management skills. This study aimed to identify these subgroups and their clinical profiles in primary care patients with moderate MUPS.

Keywords

Cluster analysis,MUPS,Medically unexplained physical symptoms,Primary care,Self-management,Subgroups,

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