Cognitive–behavioural group treatment for a range of functional somatic syndromes: randomised trial
The British Journal of Psychiatry, 06/04/2012
Schroder A et al. – In the management of functional somatic syndromes, a cognitive–behavioural group treatment was more effective than enhanced usual care.Methods
- A randomised controlled trial compared STreSS (nine 3.5 h sessions over 4 months, n = 54) with enhanced usual care (management by primary care physician or medical specialist, n = 66).
- The primary outcome was improvement in aggregate score on subscales of the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (physical functioning, bodily pain and vitality) at 16 months.
- Participants receiving STreSS had a greater improvement on the primary outcome (adjusted mean difference 4.0, 95% CI 1.4–6.6, P = 0.002) and on most secondary outcomes.