Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics

P Tyrer, S Cooper, M Crawford, S Dupont, J Green, D Murphy, Paul M Salkovskis, G Smith, D L Wang, S Bhogal, M Keeling, G Loebenberg, R Seivewright, G Walker, F Cooper, R Evered, S Kings, K Kramo, A McNulty, J Nagar & 6 others S Reid, R Sanatinia, J Sinclair, D Trevor, C Watson, H Tyrer

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the prevalence of significant health anxiety (hypochondriasis) in patients aged 16 - 75 in cardiology, respiratory medicine, neurological, endocrine and gastrointestinal clinics in general hospitals in London, Middlesex and North Nottinghamshire.

Method: The Health Anxiety Inventory (HAI) (short form) was administered to patients attending the five clinics over a 21 month period and all those who scored 20 or more invited to take part in a further assessment for a randomised controlled trial. Results: Of 43,205 patients attending the clinics 28,991 (67.1%) were assessed and of these, after exclusion of ineligible patients 5747 (19.8%) had significant health anxiety. 444 subsequently agreed to take part in a randomised controlled trial of treatment. The prevalence levels varied by clinic with neurology (24.7%) having the highest prevalence followed by respiratory medicine (20.9%), gastroenterology (19.5%), cardiology (19.1%), and endocrinology (17.5%).

Conclusion: Abnormal health anxiety is common and a significant problem in those attending medical clinics and deserves greater awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-394
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume71
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Tyrer, P., Cooper, S., Crawford, M., Dupont, S., Green, J., Murphy, D., ... Tyrer, H. (2011). Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71(6), 392-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.07.004

Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics. / Tyrer, P; Cooper, S; Crawford, M; Dupont, S; Green, J; Murphy, D; Salkovskis, Paul M; Smith, G; Wang, D L; Bhogal, S; Keeling, M; Loebenberg, G; Seivewright, R; Walker, G; Cooper, F; Evered, R; Kings, S; Kramo, K; McNulty, A; Nagar, J; Reid, S; Sanatinia, R; Sinclair, J; Trevor, D; Watson, C; Tyrer, H.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 71, No. 6, 12.2011, p. 392-394.

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Tyrer, P, Cooper, S, Crawford, M, Dupont, S, Green, J, Murphy, D, Salkovskis, PM, Smith, G, Wang, DL, Bhogal, S, Keeling, M, Loebenberg, G, Seivewright, R, Walker, G, Cooper, F, Evered, R, Kings, S, Kramo, K, McNulty, A, Nagar, J, Reid, S, Sanatinia, R, Sinclair, J, Trevor, D, Watson, C & Tyrer, H 2011, 'Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics', Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 392-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.07.004
Tyrer P, Cooper S, Crawford M, Dupont S, Green J, Murphy D et al. Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2011 Dec;71(6):392-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.07.004
Tyrer, P ; Cooper, S ; Crawford, M ; Dupont, S ; Green, J ; Murphy, D ; Salkovskis, Paul M ; Smith, G ; Wang, D L ; Bhogal, S ; Keeling, M ; Loebenberg, G ; Seivewright, R ; Walker, G ; Cooper, F ; Evered, R ; Kings, S ; Kramo, K ; McNulty, A ; Nagar, J ; Reid, S ; Sanatinia, R ; Sinclair, J ; Trevor, D ; Watson, C ; Tyrer, H. / Prevalence of health anxiety problems in medical clinics. In: Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2011 ; Vol. 71, No. 6. pp. 392-394.
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