The psychosomatic interview

Thomas N. Wise, Paul M. Dellemonache, Maurice M. Bachawati

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The psychosomatic interview is a patient-focused dialogue between physician and patient. It differs from the traditional disease-focused encounter in that the psychosomatic approach includes the biological, psychological, and sociocultural domains irrespective of the patients initial complaint, whether somatic or psychological. The process of dyadic interaction and the techniques of open questions are reviewed. Specific issues such as the alexithymic patient and breaking bad news are challenges in such communications. Organizing the data into the perspectives of diseases, dimensions, behaviors, and life stories allows the clinician to best understand their patients within a psychosomatic milieu.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Psychosomatic Assessment
Subtitle of host publicationStrategies to Improve Clinical Practice
EditorsGiovanni Andrea Fava, Nicoletta Sonino, Thomas N. Wise
Number of pages16
StatePublished - Nov 30 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
ISSN (Print)0065-3268

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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