What Kind of Patients Receive Inpatient and Day-Hospital Treatment in Departments of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy in Germany?

Stephan Doering, Stephan Herpertz, Tobias Hofmann, Matthias Rose, Katrin Imbierowicz, Franziska Geiser, Ilona Croy, Kerstin Weidner, Jörg Rademacher, Silke Michalek, Eva Morawa, Yesim Erim, Per Teigelack, Martin Teufel, Armin Hartmann, Claas Lahmann, Eva Milena Johanne Peters, Johannes Kruse, Dirk Von Boetticher, Christoph Herrmann-LingenMariel Nöhre, Martina De Zwaan, Ulrike Dinger, Hans Christoph Friederich, Alexander Niecke, Christian Albus, Rüdiger Zwerenz, Manfred Beutel, Casper Roenneberg, Peter Henningsen, Barbara Stein, Christiane Waller, Karsten Hake, Carsten Spitzer, Andreas Stengel, Stephan Zipfel, Katja Weimer, Harald Gündel, Henrik Kessler

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Introduction: Germany is one of the few countries with a medical specialty of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy and many treatment resources of this kind. Objective: This observational study describes the psychosomatic treatment programs as well as a large sample of day-hospital and inpatients in great detail using structured diagnostic interviews. Methods: Mental disorders were diagnosed according to ICD-10 and DSM-IV by means of Mini-DIPS and SCID-II. In addition to the case records, a modified version of the CSSRI was employed to collect demographic data and service use. The PHQ-D was used to assess depression, anxiety, and somatization. Results: 2,094 patients from 19 departments participated in the study after giving informed consent. The sample consisted of a high proportion of "complex patients"with high comorbidity of mental and somatic diseases, severe psychopathology, and considerable social and occupational dysfunction including more than 50 days of sick leave per year in half of the sample. The most frequent diagnoses were depression, somatoform and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and somato-psychic conditions. Conclusions: Inpatient and day-hospital treatment in German university departments of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy is an intensive multimodal treatment for complex patients with high comorbidity and social as well as occupational dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalPsychotherapy and Psychosomatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Day-hospital
  • Diagnosis
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Psychotherapy


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