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"Medical Unexplained Symptoms" module now available on WPA’s Education Portal

The new ‘’Medically Unexplained Symptoms” module is now live on World Psychiatric Association's (WPA) Education Portal.

Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) are common across cultures, they do not vary according to geography or level of economic development, and are associated with negative illness perceptions, co-morbidity and disability. They are common after disasters and complex emergencies. Therefore, repeated consultation for these symptoms and the disability imposed by them are two important elements that have implications for the management of these patients.

Based on evidence, this module aims to:

  • Clarify what MUS are

  • Explore the scale of the problem

  • Use Patients Explanatory Model to understand MUS

  • Use Cognitive Behavioural Principles to manage these patients

This course was developed by Prof. Athula Sumathipal - Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Science, Keele University, UK.

For the nominal fee of US$15, it is also possible to purchase the WPA CPD Certificate and the associated CPD points for completing this module.

To access the "Medically Unexplained Symptoms" module, please visit the Education Portal.

For any queries relating to this education module or the WPA Education Portal in general, please contact

Author: WPA Education Coordinator



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