Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms in the Aftermath of Disasters
Van den Berg, B,, Grievink, L., Yzermans, J. et al. (2005). Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms in the Aftermath of Disasters. Epidemiologic Reviews. 27(1): 92-106.
The authors discuss the prevalence of certain "Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms" (MUPS) that arise in some disaster/traumatic event survivors which may help inform healthcare preparedness strategies. They conducted a literature review on 20 years' worth of articles and found the following consistent risk factors for MUPS: gender (females were more likely to suffer from these symptoms); high physical damage linked to the event; and posttraumatic stress symptoms.
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