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Letters
July 7, 2004

Interventions for Hypochondriasis in Primary Care

JAMA. 2004;292(1):42. doi:10.1001/jama.292.1.42-a

To the Editor: Drs Barsky and Ahern1 reported that compared with usual care, a cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) intervention in primary care, enhanced by a letter to the primary care physician that outlined the treatment strategy, improved hypochondriacal beliefs, attitudes, and anxieties, but did not significantly affect hypochondriacal somatic symptoms. I am concerned that the results do not necessarily support the use of this labor-intensive treatment.

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