EAPM2019, 19-22 June 2019, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Integrating psychosomatic care across medical settings and specialties

Psychosomatic medicine is THE multi-disciplinary arena where different medical specialties explore the interrelationship between bodily processes and social, psychological and psychiatric factors. Clinical courses of mental processes affecting medical outcomes and, vice versa, somatic processes influencing mental well-being constitute our main field of interest. Diverse clinical disciplines, ranging from medical psychology to psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, surgery, including various somatic subspecialties, are involved in the effort to understand the physiological pathways in psychosomatic conditions and, at least in an ideal world, to advocate multi-disciplinary management.

However, integration of care (i.e., bringing together diverse specialty skills and expertise in complex cases of multi-morbidity simultaneously) still remains a difficult process in psychosomatics. Whereas the aspiration to integrate medical and mental health care is widespread, integrated care services are yet hard to find. In order to avoid unintended
negative outcomes due to under-detection of psychosomatic complexity or treatment refractoriness in fragmented mono-disciplinary trajectories, integration of care is deemed necessary at the hospital level between medical specialties and between the medical hospital and primary care.

The 2019 EAPM annual conference will provide lectures, symposia, workshops and master classes starting from different medical specialty perspectives on the pathophysiology and treatment of psychosomatic syndromes. In order to inform the field on current etiologic concepts another focus is on symptom formation and what constitutes to psychosomatic complexity. Furthermore, clinical efforts will be presented on when and where integrated
care could be delivered to foster a multi-disciplinary network approach, which may connect medical specialties across healthcare settings.

We hope to see you next year in Rotterdam!

On behalf of the conference committees,

Carsten Leue, EAPM-Conference President 2019

Department of Hospital Psychiatry and Medical Psychology,
Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands


General psychological and physiological pathways to psychosomatic syndromes

Specific pathways along the body-brain axis

Stress and immune function in psychosomatic syndromes

Resilience and coping in psychosomatic conditions

Contextual influences in functional somatic syndromes

Attachment and emotion regulation in functional somatic conditions

Epigenetics in psychosomatic syndromes

Physical health in mental disorders

Psychological treatment of the medically ill


Psychosomatic approaches in digestive diseases

Caregivers communication skills in psychosomatic medicine

Personalized care in psychosomatic medicine

(Cost-) effectiveness of integrated care in psychosomatic medicine

Consultation-liaison psychiatry

Psychosomatic treatment in primary care


October 1st 2018 Opening symposium submission

November 1st 2018 Opening registration & abstract (poster & oral)

November 12th 2018 Symposium submission deadline

February 1st 2019 Abstract deadline

April 15th 2019 Early bird registration deadline


Albert Leentjens, Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Carsten Leue, Maastricht University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Joost Mertens, De Velse GGZ / Antonius Hospital, Sneek, The Netherlands
Maarten van Schijndel, Rijnstate Hospital / Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Jordi Blanch, University of Barcelona, Spain
Dan Dumitrascu, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj, Romania
Silvia Ferrari, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Franziska Geiser, Bonn University, Germany
Bernd Löwe, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Marta Novak, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
James Rundell, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Michael Sharpe, University of Oxford, UK
Wolfgang Söllner, Paracelsus Medical University, Nuremberg, Germany