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Introduction

  • Harry B. M. van de Wiel
  • K. Marieke Paarlberg
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Abstract

The aim of this third and final part of this book is to provide insight into the fundamental building bricks of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology (POG). This insight enables health care professionals to put women’s healthcare problems in different perspectives and to use the capacities of many disciplines to help women to resolve them. Although the importance of this approach was already noticed in the early 1950s by eminent colleagues such as Balint and Engel, its full merit becomes more and more visible in our current era of empowerment and connectivity. Each day it becomes clear that most patients do not need a God to treat them but a professional to guide them and that is exactly what the psychosomatic approach supports.

Keywords

Psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology (POG) International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISPOG) Clinical governance 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry B. M. van de Wiel
    • 1
  • K. Marieke Paarlberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Wenckebach InstituteUniversity of Groningen, University Medical Centre GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyGelre Hospitals, Apeldoorn LocationApeldoornThe Netherlands

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