Somatisation in refugees; a review

26 May 2014

Article published bij Hans Rohlof, psychiatrist, Jeroen Knipscheer PhD, Professor Rolf Kleber.

Conclusions:

Potential, not mutually exclusive, explanations of the high number of somatic symptoms in the refugee population include general psychopathology, specifically traumatisation, results of torture, and stigmatisation of psychiatric care. There are implications for assessment, clinical treatment and further research concerning somatization in refugees.