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Psychosomatics. 2003 Nov-Dec;44(6):479-84.

Somatic, posttraumatic stress, and depressive symptoms among injured patients treated in trauma surgery.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle 98104-2499, USA.


Few investigations have examined the course of somatic complaints among acutely injured trauma survivors. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive, and somatic symptoms were assessed in trauma surgery inpatients (N=73) interviewed while hospitalized and again 12 months after their injury. Somatic symptoms occurred frequently and were significantly greater in patients with higher levels of PTSD and depressive symptoms, even after the analyses were adjusted for injury severity and medical comorbidity. These findings, when considered in conjunction with data documenting the heterogeneity of treatment providers visited after traumatic injury, suggest that the development of early screening and intervention procedures should incorporate assessments of physical symptoms.

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