0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Editor's Note |

Symptom Number and Severity as a Sign of Emotional Distress in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Patrick G. O’Malley, MD, MPH
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(15):1471. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6630.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Extract

The study by Kohlmann et al corroborates the finding that somatic symptom burden (defined as the number and severity of symptoms) is high in a population of patients with chronic disease and that such burden is associated with substantial quality-of-life impairment, largely from emotional health problems (anxiety and depression). In this case, they focused their study on only patients with coronary heart disease. This population is already at higher risk for depression and anxiety disorders and also at high risk for excessive testing. Given physician distress associated with treating patients with high symptom burden that, in turn, often leads to unnecessary diagnostic testing, clinicians should use the somatic symptom burden more as a “sed rate” for emotional distress, and treat accordingly, rather than as a sign of anatomic disease requiring further testing.

Topics

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Submit a Comment

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign in

Create a free personal account to sign up for alerts, share articles, and more.

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

See Also...
Related Collections
Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();