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If you have a referral

Assessment of the referral

If you have a referral to the Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics, your referral will be assessed by a group of doctors and psychologists at the clinic. They will decide whether you meet the referral criteria and whether all relevant information relating to you has been included. Sometimes it may be necessary to collect additional information about your illness course, and it may also be necessary to retrieve specific test results.

 

Receiving an appointment for preliminary examination

If you meet the criteria, you will receive a letter with a scheduled appointment to have a preliminary examination done. The length of the wait to undergo the preliminary examination varies. The waiting time depends on the number of patients that have a referral, which research projects we are running at the moment and which practitioner we think should be making the examination.

 

Preliminary examination

At the preliminary examination, you will be met with an experienced doctor or psychologist. Before meeting with you, we will go through your medical history and records. Therefore, you will meet someone who already knows a great deal about you. The examination is like an interview where we will talk about your illness course and your past in general. We will be making what we call a 'diagnostic clarification'. This means that we will be assessing whether you are suffering from a functional disorder and which treatment that might be helpful to you. In some cases, we will also be performing a physical examination, taking blood tests and checking your heart (electrocardiogram).   

Standard treatment or research projects?

The Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics is both a department at Aarhus University Hospital and a research clinic. This means that we both perform assessment and treatment of patients as well as scientific research. Our research consists of treatment projects in which we test various treatment forms with the purpose of constantly improving the treatment. If you are suffering from a functional disorder, you will have the choice between a standard treatment and participation in a research project.

Standard treatment

Our current standard treatment involves a medical examination as well as basic information about functional disorders by one of our doctors. We will be going through your course of illness and making a plan for where to go from here, e.g. in co-operation with your own GP or other practitioners. This will give you a better understanding of your illness so that you will get better at coping with it.

After about a month, you will be called for a follow-up interview with a doctor at our clinic.

Research projects

Several research projects have been carried out over the past years. Each project teaches us something new about functional disorders. Most patients agree to participate in these projects as it enables them to get the most up-to-date treatment.

In January 2012, a new project started. In connection to this as a patient, you can partly be offered medication and partly be participating in group therapy with a new kind of cognitive therapy called ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).

If you choose to participate in a research project, you will get more detailed information about the project at your preliminary examination.

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Revised 06.08.2013