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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 13, 99 - 103

Short report

Fifty years of psychiatry at the interface between psyche and soma: a swot analysis

B. van Houdenhove, P. Luyten

summary During the past 50 years the border area between psychiatry and somatic medicine has undergone remarkable changes. Theories have become better-founded, both psychologically and neurobiologically, research has become more sophisticated, and liaison-psychiatrists and health psychiatrist/behavioural medicine psychologists have played an increasingly active role in this domain. At the beginning of the 21st century modern psychosomatic medicine is facing new challenges; these include how to create a workable diagnostic classification system, how to instruct and educate both health professionals and lay-persons to an adequate level, how to utilize innovative research paradigms without having recourse to reductionism and how to implement in medical practice treatments that are geared to the needs of the individual patient.


medicine, research

keywords biopsychosocial model, liaison-psychiatry, neurobiology, psychosomatic