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Many patients in general practice present symptoms that do not refer to specific pathology. We refer to these patients at Medical Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS). Practice and research have well documented that these patients frustrate most General Practitioners (GPs). They also produce a lot of unnecessary investigations and are overrepresented on sick-listing. The conversational tool Individual Challenge Inventory Tool (ICIT) offers an aid for the GPS to the consultation and aims to increase the patients' coping abilities with their health challenges. The aim of the study is to investigate whether patients experience such increased coping following a session of consultations with their GP based on ICIT.

Clinical Trial Description

The study is a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (cRCT) with GPs as clusters. We plan to includ 50 GPs to participate as intervention group and 50 GPs as controls. Each cluster will include 10 patients. GPs in the intervention group will be trained in the use of ICIT through a 30 hours course, partly digital and partly in presence. The participants will receive lectures on the background for the conversation tool, and the study, and will practice on each other. At the end of the study, also the 50 GPs of the control group will be invited to an identical course. The outcome of the study is any changes of the patients coping abilities. If the symptoms cannot be healed, a goal for the patients will be to reduce the impact of the symptoms. In practice, this is to reuptake normal activities, including work, in spite of pain, fatigue or mood disturbances. Through the ICIT, the patients will be challenged to look at themselves in a broader spectrum and decide for themselves which activities are possible to reuptake and making a thorough plan for doing so. The patients will be treated by their regular GP across several meetings and they will agree on a specific plan across weeks or months to achieve their individual goal. The patients of the GPs in the control group will represent identical medical symptoms and will be treated and followed by their GP as usual. They will, however, be informed and asked to consign to participate in the study, and will respond to the same questionnaires as the patients in the intervention group. ;

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NCT number NCT05128019
Study type Interventional
Source University of Oslo
Contact Cathrine Abrahamsen, MD
Phone +4745868340
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date January 2022
Completion date June 2026

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