Mental health

Pharmacological intervention for somatoform disorders in children and adolescents

Question 9: What is/are the effective and safe interventions to treat somatoform disorders in children and adolescents in non-specialist health settings?

Management of child and adolescent mental disorders

  • Population: children and adolescents with somatoform disorders
  • Interventions: pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic treatments
  • Comparison: care as usual
  • Outcomes:
    • overall performance at school and family
    • adverse effects of treatment
    • symptom reduction
    • user and family satisfaction
    • improvement in physical health
    • reduction in risk behaviour.

Recommendation(s)

Pharmacological interventions to treat somatoform disorders in children and adolescents should not be considered by non-specialized health care providers.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Brief psychological interventions, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) should be considered to treat somatoform disorders in children, if adequate training and supervision by specialists can be made available.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Active consultation with a mental health specialist should be considered in managing these conditions, when possible.
Strength of recommendation: STANDARD

Evidence profile

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