Journal article

Somatic symptom and related disorders in a tertiary paediatric hospital: prevalence, reach and complexity

Aaron Wiggins, Andrew Court, Susan M Sawyer

European Journal of Pediatrics | SPRINGER | Published : 2020


Specialist paediatric services manage a variety of presentations of functional somatic symptoms. We aimed to describe the presentation and management of children and adolescents with somatic symptom and related disorders (SSRDs) requiring admission to a tertiary children's hospital with the objective of informing the development of a local clinical pathway. Patients admitted to any hospital department from May 2016 to November 2017 were identified through an electronic medical record (EMR)-linked diagnosis of SSRD. Each record was reviewed for demographic details and admission histories. The frequency of interspecialty consultations and multidisciplinary team (MDT) family meetings was record..

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