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Focusing psychosocial interventions in chronic somatic disease - new tasks and strategies for conducting psychosomatic treatment studies

Edited by Prof Hans-Christian Deter
BioPsychoSocial Medicine

This series in BioPsychoSocial Medicine presents an overview of different mechanisms, and symptoms, that will benefit from the new and different psychosocial interventions that are currently being developed and used. There is a need to give different answers to the various questions that are currently being asked in the field of psychosomatic and behavioral medicine. The targets of these interventions are limiting progression to the disease state, symptom reduction, and improving the quality of life. In addition to the importance of RCT´s, we need many phase 2 studies that show both the effectiveness and efficacy of psychosocial intervention.

The editor declares no competing interests.

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  1. Research

    Younger and older chronic somatoform pain patients in psycho-diagnostics, physician-patient relationship and treatment outcome

    Patients with chronic pain are found with highly variable clinical presentation and differing physical complaints. They are seen as a heterogenic group. Based on clinical observations, elderly patients seem to...

    Bernd Bergander, Laurence Erdur, Bettina Kallenbach-Dermutz and Hans-Christian Deter

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2013 7:4

    Published on: 4 February 2013

  2. Research

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    Sybille Kiesewetter, Andrea Köpsel, Knut Mai, Andrea Stroux, Thomas Bobbert, Joachim Spranger, Werner Köpp, Hans-Christian Deter and Bettina Kallenbach-Dermutz

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2012 6:3

    Published on: 2 February 2012

  3. Research

    Somatic comorbidity in anorexia nervosa: First results of a 21-year follow-up study on female inpatients

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    Laurence Erdur, Bettina Kallenbach-Dermutz, Vicky Lehmann, Frank Zimmermann-Viehoff, Werner Köpp, Cora Weber and Hans-Christian Deter

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2012 6:4

    Published on: 2 February 2012

  4. Research

    Behavioral interventions for coronary heart disease patients

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    Kristina Orth-Gomér

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2012 6:5

    Published on: 2 February 2012

  5. Editorial

    Psychosocial interventions for patients with chronic disease

    Treatment of patients with chronic diseases will be one of the main challenges of medicine in the future. This paper presents an overview of different origins, mechanism, and symptoms necessary for understandi...

    Hans-Christian Deter

    BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2012 6:2

    Published on: 31 January 2012