His-Story or Her-Story: Deconstruction of the Concepts of Somatization Towards a New Approach in Advanced Nursing Practice Care
Article first published online: 14 DEC 2010
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Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 47, Issue 4, pages 183–193, October 2011
How to Cite
Soltis-Jarrett, V. M. (2011), His-Story or Her-Story: Deconstruction of the Concepts of Somatization Towards a New Approach in Advanced Nursing Practice Care. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 47: 183–193. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00288.x
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 14 DEC 2010
- First Received June 22, 2010; Final Revision received August 3, 2010; Accepted for publication August 28, 2010.
- Advanced practice nursing;
- assessment of somatoform disorder;
PURPOSE: This article will endeavor to present an alternative view of somatoform disorders, assist in understanding the possible underlying comorbid psychiatric symptoms, and identify psychopharmacological options for treatment.
CONCLUSIONS: Recognizing symptom clusters is a useful strategy when considering psychotropic options for treatment and management.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The alternative strategies presented and discussed in this article can contribute to a useful and positive experience for both the clinician and the individual suffering from medically unexplained physical symptoms as they promote the care, health, and well-being of the individual rather than a cure, illness, and/or disease state that needs rendering, mending, and/or surgery.