Netherlands, Groningen

Persistent Physical Symptoms

when 15 June 2019 - 18 June 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 400

Patients with Persistent Somatic Symptoms (PSS) are functionally impaired, have lower quality of life so pose a substantial challenge to the population, healthcare and health policy of Europe. PSS are a great burden in healthcare and associated with enormous societal costs, health care costs and costs of lost productivity. Furthermore, PSS are often accompanied by psychological, psychiatric, and social problems or stressful life events.

Psychosomatic medicine, clinical psychology and medical specialties all have their own (different) concepts of PSS. This has resulted in multiple diagnoses for PSS that are used in clinical care such as Somatic Symptom Disorder (DSM-5), Bodily Distress Disorder (ICD-11), Functional Somatic Syndromes (secondary care) or Medically Unexplained Symptoms (primary care). Furthermore, etiological concepts are still unresolved and differ between medical specialties. Perceptions and experiences of PSS are still not well understood and involve peripheral input, central processing, neurobiological concepts and psychosocial factors. In recent years, several evidence based guidelines for clinical practice came available. However, implementation of these guidelines is still problematic.

Various disciplines are involved in the research and clinical care of PSS and PSS can be considered from different perspectives, including sociology, anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, neuro-immunobiology, biomedical sciences, behavioural science, health economics and public health.

Course leader

The following EURONET-SOMA research leaders form the organizing committee:

Prof. Dr. Judith Rosmalen (Groningen, The Netherlands), chair

Dr. Tim olde Hartman (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Löwe (Hamburg, Germany)

Target group

The summer school Persistent Physical Symptoms (PPS) is open to selected international PhD students or postdocs interested and active in Persistent Somatic Symptoms research. We would welcome a diversity of backgrounds, e.g. medicine, (neuro-)biology, social and behavioral sciences.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

The main goal of this Summer School is:

To introduce participants into the various perspectives of PSS with focus on interdisciplinary approaches.
To enable participants to understand or tackle problems they currently experience in their PSS research.
To foster interdisciplinary collaboration, by combining participants from diverse backgrounds.
To stimulate international collaboration, by bringing together participants from different countries.

Fee info

EUR 400: includes: housing (Allersmaborg Mason), food, transportation, social activities.

Excludes trip to Rotterdam and EAPM conference.