Connecting European Neuroscience

Summer school: Researching Persistent Somatic Symptoms

June 15th, 2019 to June 18th, 2019
Groningen (Allersmaborg Venue), The Netherlands

Summer School, Young Researcher Education, Interdisciplinary

About the Event

Patients with Persistent Somatic Symptoms (PSS) are functionally impaired, have lower quality of life so pose a substantial challenge to the population, healthcare and health policy of Europe. PSS are a great burden in healthcare and associated with enormous societal costs, health care costs and costs of lost productivity. Furthermore, PSS are often accompanied by psychological, psychiatric, and social problems or stressful life events. Psychosomatic medicine, clinical psychology and medical specialties all have their own (different) concepts of PSS. This has resulted in multiple diagnoses for PSS that are used in clinical care such as somatic symptom disorder (DSM-5), bodily distress disorder (ICD-11), functional somatic syndromes (secondary care) or medically unexplained symptoms (primary care). Furthermore, etiological concepts are still unresolved and differ between medical specialties. Perceptions and experiences of PSS are still not well understood and involve peripheral input, central processing, neurobiological concepts and psychosocial factors. The goals of the summer school are to stimulate young researchers active in the field of PSS research, to give them the opportunity to gain a broader view on the different PSS perspectives, to inspire them for tackling the challenges in PSS research and implementation, and to encourage contact between these young researchers and research leaders.


Kerstin Maehder
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Department for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Martinistr. 52 20246 Hamburg, Germany

Phone:+49 40 7410 55575

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