What should we say to patients with symptoms unexplained by disease? The “number needed to offend”BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7378.1449 (Published 21 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1449
Posted as supplied by author. The "number needed to offend"—the number of patients that you would have to give this diagnosis to before one thinks you are suggesting that they are "putting it on," "mad," or "imagining their symptoms" (bars represent 95% confidence intervals)
- Student Published: 27 January 2012; BMJ 344 doi:10.1136/sbmj.d7768
- Student Published: 01 November 2005; BMJ 331 doi:10.1136/sbmj.0511402
- Clinical Review Published: 24 January 2022; BMJ 376 doi:10.1136/bmj.o64
- Characterization and corroboration of safety signals identified from the US Food and Drug Administration Adverse Event Reporting System, 2008-19: cross sectional studyBMJ October 05, 2022, 379 e071752; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2022-071752
- Maternal consumption of ultra-processed foods and subsequent risk of offspring overweight or obesity: results from three prospective cohort studiesBMJ October 05, 2022, 379 e071767; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2022-071767
- Radical transparency in post-market oversight of medicine safetyBMJ October 05, 2022, 379 o2275; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2275
- Spontaneous reporting of post-market safety signals: what evidence should support regulatory action?BMJ October 05, 2022, 379 o2409; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2409
- Pakistan: UN renews appeal to avert public health disaster in wake of climate induced floodsBMJ October 05, 2022, 379 o2407; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2407
- Identifying and managing functional cardiac symptoms
- Medically unexplained symptoms: assessment and management
- Functional neurological disorders: effective teaching for health professionals
- Doctors ongoing education, empathy, and continuous emotional and psychological support for patients might help to deal with their medically unexplained symptoms
- Biopolitics, psychosomatics, participating bodies
- CBT to reduce healthcare use for medically unexplained symptoms: systematic review and meta-analysis
- A review of functional neurological symptom disorder etiology and the integrated etiological summary model
- Who thinks functional neurological symptoms are feigned, and what can we do about it?
- Paralympics and conversion disorder
- Hysteria, conversion and functional disorders: a neurological contribution to classification issues
- All in the mind?
- The function of 'functional': a mixed methods investigation
- Persistent pain: not a medically unexplained symptom
- Effects of an educational video film in fatigued children and adolescents: a randomised controlled trial
- Intelligence is negatively associated with the number of functional somatic symptoms
- Fibromyalgia Wars
- How fatigue is related to other somatic symptoms
- Medically unexplained physical symptoms in emergency medicine.
- La belle indifference in conversion symptoms and hysteria: Systematic review
- Ayurveda: the knowledge of life
- Functional symptoms in neurology: management
- Do biomedical models of illness make for good healthcare systems?
- Somatoform disorders: a help or hindrance to good patient care?
- The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction