Medically Unexplained Symptoms

This micro skills course aims to explain what medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are and how best to help patients who suffer from them. It describes how to assess patients holistically, how to effectively communicate with patients about their symptoms and how to help them feel empowered to self-manage their symptoms as much as possible. It also discusses the importance of the doctor having support available to them if needed due to the complexity of these consultations.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of General Practitioners

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Recognise the difference between MUS, functional and dissociative neurological symptoms, functional somatic symptoms, functional somatic syndromes and somatisation disorder
  3. Identify the appropriate consultation skills needed to effectively support and manage patients with MUS in primary care
  4. Describe a holistic approach to assess the impact of MUS on the patient’s life
  5. This session uses self assessments that help you check what you have learnt

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.