Prevention in Psychosomatic Medical Care and Rehabilitation

  • Richard FieldingEmail author
  • Wendy Lam
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


Addressing prevention of psychosomatic illness can approach the topic from the detailed study of proximal psychophysiological and brain sciences, or it can address the wider contextual factors and distal influences: This chapter addresses primarily the latter. In reviewing the impacts of social, developmental and environmental influences that have been associated with psychosomatic illness, it becomes apparent that political and economic contexts are major influences on psychosomatic processes that affect health, and it clearly indicates that this is the most powerful level that change can be instituted. The alternative of addressing individual-level interventions is feasible but reflects a primarily symptomatic approach rather than addressing the underlying causes. The chapter then looks at preventive options and briefly visits the question of rehabilitation before returning to the core conclusions.


Psychosomatic illness Prevention Contextual approach Social impacts Developmental impacts Environmental impacts Preventive psychosomatics Rehabilitation 


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  1. 1.Division of Behavioural SciencesSchool of Public Health, The University of Hong KongSandy BayHong Kong

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