Clinical Monographs

In this section of the website we will present brief summaries of evidence-based knowledge about clinical topics seen frequently in psychosomatic medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry. These clinical monographs are being developed jointly by the APM Guidelines and Evidenced-Based Medicine Subcommittee of the Academy's Clinical Practice Committee and the European Association for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (EACLPP).

Delirium - An Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Monograph for Psychosomatic Medicine Practice → Click here for download.

Catatonia in Medically Ill Patients - An Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Monograph for Psychosomatic Medicine Practice → Click here for download (PDF)

Aggression and Violence - An Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Monograph for Psychosomatic Medicine Practice → Click here for download (PDF)

Traumatic Stress Disorders in Medically Ill Patients - An Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Monograph for Psychosomatic Medicine Practice → Click here for download (PDF)


Clinical guideline for general practice:Functional disorders, Danish College of General Practitioners 2013

This clinical guideline focuses on an issue which is central in the general medical work. Functional disorders are usually not a priority in the medical education, and many health professionals are therefore self-taught when it comes to patients with functional disorders. The intention with this guideline is to upskill the future treatment in the area, partly by giving the reader an update on the current knowledge on functional disorders, partly by conveying specific recommendations for assessment, diagnostics and treatment.

The guideline is primarily intended for GPs, but many elements can advantageously be used by other doctors, and the conveyed knowledge can furthermore be useful to a wider range of health professionals such as practice staff and professionals in social medicine. The guideline targets primary care and therefore does not describe the specialised offers available for specific functional syndromes and pain conditions.

In the guideline, the term functional disorder is used for a number of symptoms and illnesses with common features and is therefore described as a generic phenomenon and not according to organ localisation.

The workgroup has based its work on a systematic literature review with indication of level of evidence of the recommendations. In a lot of areas regarding functional disorders, the evidence however is still sparse, and we have in these cases chosen to also convey the workgroup members’ experience-based knowledge. It is our hope that knowledge and recommendations in this guideline can act as support in the clinical decision process where evidence as well as experience, clinical estimation and the patients’ wishes must be included in the final evaluation.

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German guideline on non-specific, functional, and somatoform bodily complaints

Rainer Schaefert, Constanze Hausteiner-Wiehle, Winfried Häuser, Joram Ronel, Markus Herrmann, Peter Henningsen

Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109(47): 803−13
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European guidelines for training in consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatics: Report of the EACLPP Workgroup on Training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Psychosomatics

Wolfgang Söllner & Francis Creed
Journal of Psychosomatic Research 62 (2007) 501–509
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The Modena Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Italy

M. Rigatelli & S. Ferrari
The British Journal of Psychiatry (2004) 184: 268–269
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Opening statement of the APM 2004 International meeting

Frits Huyse
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General Hospital Psychiatry in the Netherlands

Dr. Albert Leentjens
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