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date: 17 June 2019

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The BodyMind Approach (TBMA) is discussed in the light of common features such as insecure attachment and alexithymia found in the large patient population with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) which appears worldwide. TBMA is unique in appealing to patients who are psychologically minded and those with a physical explanatory model. Clinical outcomes derived from standardized instruments measuring benefits of the group treatment so far suggest that it may be of significant benefit to patients; for example, in self-managed care, improved wellbeing and functioning, reduced anxiety/depression, and symptom distress. Furthermore, it is possible that TBMA can provide immediate cost savings, amassing year on year, and increasing patient and GP treatment choice where there is currently none for the majority of symptoms apart from pain relief. TBMA is affordable and effective, and delivers much-needed savings in both primary and secondary care.

Keywords: medically unexplained symptoms, The BodyMind Approach, authentic movement, alexithymia, attachment, self-management

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