Assessment of Training in Basic Psychosomatic Care

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2020.0496-0501

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Thomas Steger, Iris Veit, Emilia Ehring, Dominik Baca, Thomas Frese, Alexander Bauer

Keywords: basic psychosomatic care family practice practice conditions training

BackgroundSince 2003, basic psychosomatic care has been a mandatory part of further training in family medicine and gynecology/ obstetrics. So far, no nationwide survey of participants in the curricula has been carried out regarding the perceived benefit of this training in daily practice.MethodsAll participants (N = 761) from 2013 to 2017 of the courses on basic psychosomatic care at the Institute of Continuous Medical Education for Family Physicians were interviewed using a two-page short questionnaire.Results175 colleagues, mostly family physicians, responded (response rate 25.1 %). Most of the participants (71 %) can implement basic psychosomatic care well or very well in their practice. The most important prerequisite for this was sufficient time. In practice, the care of psychosomatic patients requires more frequent appointments (n = 150; 87 %) and more time (n = 164; 94 %). With regard to the conversational skills learned in the courses, the ability to listen was considered the most important. The most helpful didactic element of the courses was joint case discussions. ConclusionsThe results show a high sensitivity to psychosocial aspects and a large effort for empathy in daily practice. Psychosomatic medicine can be implemented under the conditions of family medicine with high prevalence of mental and psychosomatic illnesses and high time pressure.Keywordsbasic psychosomatic care; family practice; training; practice conditions

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