WHO Somatisation Project: The Elephant in the Room Part Three


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The Elephant in the Room Part Three

The WHO Somatisation Project [CISSD Project]

A call for transparency from Action for ME: Part Three

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For previous postings:

The Elephant in the Room Part One: 


The Elephant in the Room Part Two: 







1]  This morning I have contacted AfME to speak to their Finance Manager, Nick Boatwright.

Had I been able to speak to Mr Boatwright, I would have asked him to confirm whether and when AfME intends to respond to individual and public calls for a full account of AfME’s involvement in the “WHO Somatisation Project” (the CISSD Project). 

But I have been told by admin that Mr Boatwright is away from his office until next Tuesday. 


I have now sent a second email to Mr Boatwright asking him to confirm whether and when AfME intends to respond to individual and public calls for a full account of AfME’s involvement in the “WHO Somatisation Project”. 

I have advised Mr Boatwright that since he is unavailable, I have contacted Professor Rachel Jenkins (Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Section of Mental Health Policy Health Service and Population Research, Institute of Psychiatry) for clarification of the source(s) of the grants of £24,000 and £18,750 awarded to AfME in 2006 and 2007 for the CISSD Project.


2]  I have added a copy of the Abstract for the R Sykes 2006 paper to Part One and also append a copy of the Abstract, here:

Paper by Dr Richard Sykes, 2006:

Somatoform disorders in DSM-IV: mental or physical disorders?


[Abstract only]

Sykes R.

J Psychosom Res. 2006 Apr;60(4):341-4.

WHO Collaborating Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, United Kingdom. richardsykes@blueyonder.co.uk

OBJECTIVE: To examine analytically the question of whether the characterization of somatoform disorders (SFDs) in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) provides adequate grounds for classifying them as mental disorders rather than as physical disorders.

METHODS: Analytical examination.

RESULTS: There are prima facie grounds for classifying SFDs as physical disorders since they are characterized by physical symptoms. The characterization of SFDs in DSM-IV does not provide adequate grounds for classifying them as mental disorders.

CONCLUSION: The spectrum of SFDs is drawn too widely in DSM-IV. At least some of the conditions now listed as SFDs in DSM-IV should be either given a dual diagnosis or classified simply as physical disorders.

PMID: 16581355 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Published: 04.02.09
Updated: 04.02.09: Additional information to Update: 1