Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
18/05/2001
Date assigned
18/05/2001
Last edited
25/03/2009
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof Richard Keith Morriss

ORCID ID

Contact details

University Department of Psychiatry
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Liverpool
L69 3GA
United Kingdom
+44 (0)151 706 4140
r.k.morriss@liv.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

G0100809

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

MUST

Study hypothesis

To determine efficacy, feasibility and generalisability of health facilitator delivered training to General Practitioners (GPs) for patients with medically unexplained symptoms.

Ethics approval

Not provided at time of registration

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

GP practices

Trial type

Diagnostic

Patient information sheet

Condition

Public health, social medicine

Intervention

Health professionals trained to train GPs in reattribution (6 h) versus no training in reattribution

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

GP communication behaviour with medically unexplained symptom patients, patient symptom beliefs, emotional distress and satisfaction with GP care.

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

01/07/2003

Overall trial end date

30/05/2006

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Practices: all GPs willing to be trained in reattribution, patients with medically unexplained symptoms for 3 months or more (June 2006: previously the inclusion criteria stated 6 months or more)

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

140

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Under 18 years
2. Refuse consent to data collection
3. Already receiving treatment for medically unexplained symptoms
4. Definite physical pathology that explains presenting physical symptoms

Recruitment start date

01/07/2003

Recruitment end date

30/05/2006

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University Department of Psychiatry
Liverpool
L69 3GA
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Mersey Care NHS Trust/University of Liverpool (UK)

Sponsor details

Mersey Care NHS Trust
Trust Offices
Parkbourn
Maghull
L31 1HW
United Kingdom
+44 (0)151 250 3000
communications@merseycare.nhs.uk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Research council

Funder name

Medical Research Council (UK)

Alternative name(s)

MRC

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

other non-profit

Location

United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2006 results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16814635
2. 2009 qualitative analysis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19089505

Publication citations

  1. Qualitative analysis

    Peters S, Rogers A, Salmon P, Gask L, Dowrick C, Towey M, Clifford R, Morriss R, What do patients choose to tell their doctors? Qualitative analysis of potential barriers to reattributing medically unexplained symptoms., J Gen Intern Med, 2009, 24, 4, 443-449, doi: 10.1007/s11606-008-0872-x.

  2. Morriss R, Dowrick C, Salmon P, Peters S, Rogers A, Dunn G, Lewis B, Charles-Jones H, Hogg J, Clifforda R, Iredale W, Towey M, Gask L, Turning theory into practice: rationale, feasibility and external validity of an exploratory randomized controlled trial of training family practitioners in reattribution to manage patients with medically unexplained symptoms (the MUST)., Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 28, 4, 343-351, doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2006.03.012.

Additional files

Editorial Notes