Loulou Kobeissi*, Ricardo Araya, Fayssal E Kak, Zeina Ghantous, Marwan Khawaja, Brigitte Khoury, Ziyad Mahfoud, Rima Nakkash, Tim J Peters, Sami Ramia and Huda Zurayk
Corresponding author: Loulou Kobeissi email@example.com
BMC Psychiatry 2011, 11:142 doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-142
(2012-03-27 16:17) national Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences
The article ��the relaxation exercise and social support trial resst: study protocol
for a randomized Community based trial�� published by Kobessi et al in 2011 is a very
interesting intervention study from a developing country with limited resources. The
authors have assessed the common mental disorders using Hopkins checklist for anxiety
and Depression. They have used Scale for Assessment of Somatic symptoms (SASS)
for assessing Somatization as mentioned in the article. The authors have mentioned
the scale as Patel somatisation scale 2005.
We would like to highlight the fact this scale is used to assess the somatic symptoms
which are medically unexplained and is not for diagnosis of somatisation. This scale
was constructed by Chaturvedi SK in 1987 at, National Institute of Mental Health and
Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. The scale further validated in studies in assessing
unexplained somatic symptoms in cancer patients and Somatization disorders. (Chaturvedi
et al 1987, Chaturvedi et al 1998). The above tool for assessing somatic symptoms
has been used by Patel et al in three studies and the reference of this tool is mentioned
as given Chaturvedi SK and Sarmukaddam et al 1987.
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