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Table 3 Patients with persistent MUPS (n = 526, men 125, women 399)

From: Patients with persistent medically unexplained physical symptoms: a descriptive study from Norwegian general practice

  All Men Women
Symptom pattern, n (%)    
Gastrointestinal 108 (20.5) 26 (20.5) 82 (20.6)
Musculoskeletal 358 (68.1) 78 (61.4) 280 (70.2)
Headache/dizziness 168 (31.9) 36 (28.3) 132 (33.1)
Asthenia/fatigue 300 (57.0) 72 (56.7) 228 (57.1)
Others 41 (7.8) 10 (7.9) 31 (7.8)
Work status, n (%)       
Working* 234 (44.7) 67 (52.8) 167 (42.2)
Not working       
Sick leave 91 (31.5) 18 (30.0) 73 (31.9)
Disability pension 119 (41.2) 25 (41.7) 94 (41.0)
Other 76 (26.3) 18 (30.0) 58 (25.3)
GPs management, n (%)       
Supportive counceling 333 (63.7) 83 (65.4) 250 (63.1)
Physical examination 195 (32.3) 50 (31.4) 145 (36.6)
Prescriptions 124 (23.7) 27 (21.3) 97 (24.5)
Blood test 113 (21.6) 20 (15.7) 93 (23.5)
Referral 93 (17.8) 24 (18.9) 69 (17.4)
Social security certificates 106 (20.3) 25 (19.7) 81 (20.5)
Others 41 (7.8) 11 (8.7) 30 (7.6)
  1. Symptom localization, work status and GPs management in numbers and percent.
  2. *Difference between genders is significant at the 0.05 level.