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


Congratulations EAPM 2019 Travel Awardees!!

Iana Alexeeva UK
Katrine Ingeman Beck Denmark
Nadine Hamieh France
Denise Hanssen The Netherlands
Hamima Johar Germany (Malaysia)
Chrysanthi Leonidou Greece (Cyprus)
María Angélica Acevedo Mesa The Netherlands (Colombia)
Stefan-Lucian Popa Romania
David Riedl Innsbruck
Natalie Uhlenbusch Germany

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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

Accreditation points EACCME - Badges

Delegates are requested to scan their badges upon entering the venue every day, in order to get the points that are rewarded by EACCME. It is not needed to scan your badge when leaving the conference venue. You will receive the accredited points based on your daily presence after the conference.


Gala dinner at steamer "Majesteit"

This year’s congress dinner will be held on ‘Her Majesty’ (‘De Majesteit’). This authentic paddle steamer from 1926 is more than 80 meters in length. The giant paddles run smoothly and take us from the largest harbour of Europe to the legendary windmills of Kinderdijk, along many attractive sights of Rotterdam. With a perfect view of the skyline of Rotterdam we will cruise the river Maas. ‘De Majesteit’ can accommodate up to 600 guests and will make our time on board a safe and memorable experience.

‘De Majesteit’ meets the highest safety requirements. Everything has been thought of to ensure that we may enjoy our best experience. Once aboard we will enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and an exclusive dinner. The dinner, preceded by a welcome drink and Dutch snacks, will be a vegetarian friendly Indonesian buffet, and will be followed by a delicious dessert. While the live band is playing, you can dance or just sit back and enjoy.