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Multi-Center Effectiveness Study of Inpatient Psychosomatic-Psychotherapeutic Treatment in German University Hospitals

Principal investigators

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Doering (Medizinische Universität Wien)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Herpertz (LWL Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Gereon Heuft (Universitätsklinikum Münster)

Principal investigator Mainz

PD Dr. biol. hom. et med. habil. Rüdiger Zwerenz

Research topic

The efficacy of psychotherapy for a wide range of psychic and psychosomatic disorders is indisputable and well-validated. However, most efficacy studies have been undertaken in highly selected patients and an outpatient setting. Data of the effectiveness of inpatient treatment are comparably sparse and from smaller studies. This multicenter cohort study aims to assess the effectiveness of inpatient and day-/nightcare treatment in 22 German university clinics of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy in a large sample of 2,200-3,000 patients. After informed consent has been obtained from the patients, assessments will be performed at the beginning and end of the treatment as well as a one-year follow-up. Assessments will employ questionnaires focusing symptom load, social functioning, and mental health care service use. Baseline diagnoses are made by standardized structured interviews.

Duration: 2019-2021

Funding: no external funding