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2020 Mar 12

Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol

Racial/ethnic differences in general physical symptoms and medically unexplained physical symptoms: Investigating the role of education.


Evangelidou S, NeMoyer A, Cruz-Gonzalez M, O'Malley I, Alegría M
Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2020 Mar 12.
PMID: 32162934.


Distressing physical symptoms (e.g., back pain, nausea), many of which lack medical explanation, are a common cause for medical help seeking. However, racial/ethnic and educational differences may complicate identification and explanation of such symptoms, potentially contributing to clinician misdiagnosis and patient dissatisfaction. To better understand this issue, we examined racial/ethnic differences in general physical symptoms (GPS) and, more specifically, medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) and whether differences varied by race/ethnicity and educational attainment.