Development of Psychosomatic Medicine in China

  • Jing WeiEmail author
  • Lan Zhang
  • Xudong Zhao
  • Kurt Fritzsche


There is a great need for further development of the health care in the field of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy in China. The prevalence rate for mental disorders in China lies between 7.0% and 17.5%. It is imperative to improve the training of non-psychiatrist, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists. The new mental health law promotes the role of psychiatry in assessment of mental disorders and subsequently engaging psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in their treatment. Mental health institutions are requested to regularly improve mental health services and research. The following four steps are necessary to develop psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy in the future in China: (1) integration of training in psychosomatic medicine in the undergraduate student teaching; (2) basic and advanced training in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy for physicians, psychologists, and nurses; (3) assistance in setting up psychosomatic wards at the general hospital; and (4) supporting basic and clinical research in the field of psychosomatic medicine.


China Psychosomatic medicine Mental disorders Psychotherapy Mental health law Treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Wei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lan Zhang
    • 2
  • Xudong Zhao
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kurt Fritzsche
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychological MedicinePeking Union Medical College HospitalBeijingChina
  2. 2.Mental Health Center, West China HospitalSichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Psychosomatic MedicineShanghai East Hospital, Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  4. 4.Mental Health Center Affiliated to Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyCenter for Mental Health, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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