Organization of Psychosomatic Service in Health Systems: The German Perspective

  • Stephan ZipfelEmail author
  • Anne Herrmann-Werner
  • Florian Junne
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


Psychosomatic Medicine in Germany is either practiced as an integrated approach in mainly internal medicine or specifically focusses on psychotherapeutic methods. There are stepped levels of training for doctors ranging from basic care as a GP to specialist degrees. Patients are treated in inpatient and day-patient facilities with usually interprofessional multi-modal therapy programs. Additionally there are rehabilitation centers particularly focusing on work-related aspects of disability prevention. Usually, hospitals also host a strong psychosomatic outpatient sector and consultation-liaison service including specific care e.g. in psycho-oncology or transplant psychosomatics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephan Zipfel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anne Herrmann-Werner
    • 1
  • Florian Junne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyUniversity Medical HospitalTuebingenGermany

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