This new guideline was formulated by representatives of 29 medical and psychological specialty societies and one patient representative.
A strong consensus was reached on most subjects. In the new guideline, it is recommended that physicians should establish a therapeutic alliance with the patient, adopt a symptom/coping-oriented attitude, and avoid stigmatizing comments: a thorough, simultaneous biopsychosocial diagnostic assessment enables the early recognition of non-specific, functional, and somatoform bodily complaints. The appropriate treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Effective treatment requires the patient’s active cooperation and the collaboration of all treating health professionals under the overall management of the patient’s primary-care physician