SomPsyNet - Prevention of Psychosocial Distress Consequences in Somatic Medicine: a Model for Collaborative Care

  • End date
    Dec 28, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Updated on 28 March 2021


This study is to evaluate the impact of the "stepped and collaborative care model" (SCCM) on health-related quality of life in somatic hospital patients with psychosocial distress.


Given the burden of psychosocial distress, the public health relevance, and the current standard of health care, new approaches to a model of care for patients with mental-somatic multimorbidity are urgently needed. SomPsyNet is a comprehensive healthcare project for patients from somatic hospitals that promotes the prevention of psychosocial distress by establishing a stepped and collaborative care network in Basel-Stadt, Switzerland and may therefore help to counteract against the described lack of care.

SomPsyNet is a "stepped and collaborative care model" (SCCM) including a Psychosomatic-psychiatric consultation and liaison Service (CL Service) and post hospital intervention supported by a collaborative network structure. It aims to identify patients with psychosocial distress at an early stage during their hospital stay in a standardized way.

Implementation of the SCCM within this study using the stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial (SW-CRT) design will take place in phases:

  • SomPsyNet phase 0: treatment as usual (TAU) in combination with the baseline and follow-up survey in a distressed focus sample.
  • SomPsyNet phase 1: TAU in combination with the baseline survey, implementation of screening questions stage 1 ('baseline distress information from professionals', without consequence) in hospital routine and follow-up survey in a distressed focus sample.
  • SomPsyNet phase 2 refers to the implementation of the SCCM: baseline survey, assessment of screening questions stage 1 (with consequence), screening questions stage 2 (with consequence) and if necessary psychosomatic-psychiatric consultation and liaison service including if applicable post hospital intervention and a follow-up survey in a distressed focus sample.

Condition Psychosocial Distress
Treatment Implementation of the SCCM
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04269005
SponsorUniversity Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Last Modified on28 March 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

patients from selected wards (i. e., somatic diseases treated at these wards from three somatic hospitals)

Exclusion Criteria

Inability to understand and speak German or any other language at which study is tailored at that point in time
Inability to give informed consent by himself / herself
Inability to follow the procedures of the study, e.g. due to severe medical / clinical limitations
Need for immediate support as indicated by the risk of current suicidality or attempted suicide
Oncological condition
Already participated in the SomPsyNet project on the occasion of a previous hospitalization
Confirmed current COVID-19 disease at time of screening for exclusion criteria
Being hospitalized under the medical supervision of services of a ward that is not part of one of the SomPsyNet study clusters ('original ward'), but physically located in rooms of a ward contributing to one of the study clusters only because of lack of space in the original ward
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