Gender and symptoms in primary care practices

Jeffrey L. Jackson, Judith Chamberlin, Kurt Kroenke

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Abstract

The authors sought to explore gender differences among patients with physical symptoms who came to see internists. The women were younger, more likely to report stress, endorsed more "other, currently bothersome" symptoms, were more likely to have a mental disorder, and were less likely to be satisfied with their care. The men were slower, to improve, but there was no difference between the sexes after 3 months. There were no differences in the number, type, duration, or severity of symptoms or in the expectation of care, costs of visits, intervention received, use of health care services, or likelihood of being considered difficult by their physician. The gender of the clinician had no effect on any outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-366
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Mental Disorders
Sex Characteristics
Health Services
Primary Health Care
Delivery of Health Care
Physicians
Costs and Cost Analysis
Primary Care

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Gender and symptoms in primary care practices. / Jackson, Jeffrey L.; Chamberlin, Judith; Kroenke, Kurt.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 44, No. 5, 09.2003, p. 359-366.

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Jackson, Jeffrey L. ; Chamberlin, Judith ; Kroenke, Kurt. / Gender and symptoms in primary care practices. In: Psychosomatics. 2003 ; Vol. 44, No. 5. pp. 359-366.
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