Principles of psychosomatic assessment

Giovanni A. Fava, Nicoletta Sonino, Thomas Wise

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Abstract

There is increasing awareness of the limitations of disease as the primary focus of medical care. It is not that certain disorders lack an organic explanation, but that our assessment is inadequate in most clinical encounters. The primary goal of psychosomatic medicine is to correct this inadequacy by incorporation of its operational strategies into clinical practice. At present, the research evidence which has accumulated in psychosomatic medicine offers unprecedented opportunities for the identification and treatment of medical problems. Taking full advantage of clinimetric methods (such as with the use of Emmelkamp's two levels of functional analysis and the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research) may greatly improve the clinical process, including shared-decision making and self-management. Endorsement of the psychosomatic perspective may better clarify the pathophysiological links and mechanisms underlying symptom presentation. Pointing to individually targeted methods may improve final outcomes and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Psychosomatic Assessment
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies to Improve Clinical Practice
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 30 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
Volume32
ISSN (Print)0065-3268

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Projective Techniques
Psychosomatic Medicine
Self Care
Research
Decision Making
Quality of Life
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Fava, G. A., Sonino, N., & Wise, T. (2012). Principles of psychosomatic assessment. In The Psychosomatic Assessment: Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice (pp. 1-18). (Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine; Vol. 32). https://doi.org/10.1159/000329997-18

Principles of psychosomatic assessment. / Fava, Giovanni A.; Sonino, Nicoletta; Wise, Thomas.

The Psychosomatic Assessment: Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice. 2012. p. 1-18 (Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine; Vol. 32).

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Fava, GA, Sonino, N & Wise, T 2012, Principles of psychosomatic assessment. in The Psychosomatic Assessment: Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice. Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine, vol. 32, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1159/000329997-18
Fava GA, Sonino N, Wise T. Principles of psychosomatic assessment. In The Psychosomatic Assessment: Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice. 2012. p. 1-18. (Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine). https://doi.org/10.1159/000329997-18
Fava, Giovanni A. ; Sonino, Nicoletta ; Wise, Thomas. / Principles of psychosomatic assessment. The Psychosomatic Assessment: Strategies to Improve Clinical Practice. 2012. pp. 1-18 (Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine).
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