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  With scientifically substantiated methods, relationships today can be understood and reliably assessed in different relationship systems like the partnership or the family. Technical innovations, e.g. video documentation and micro-analytic possibilities, led to the development of a large number of methods that can be deployed in psychosomatics to understand relational disturbances and resources.
With a focus on the individual patient, patients’ relationship dynamics were analysed to a greater extent in recent years using both disorder-specific and multi-perspective approaches in psychotherapy.
In cooperation with other relationship researchers, the Institute has developed the relationship axis of Operationalisierten Psychodynamischen Diagnostik [operationalised psychodynamic diagnostics]. With this instrument, patients’ troubled interpersonal relationships can be gathered in a valid and reliable manner. Also, methods to assess the quality of a partnership of the functionality of a family are provided by the department with the relevant expertise to clinicians and scientists in the psychosocial centre.
The objective of the institute is to present and/or further develop other methods of relationship dynamic diagnostics.

Family Medicine
As a relationship-oriented intervention, family medicine attempts to make use of the doctor / patient relationship, the patient’s relationship to his relatives and the relationship with those involved in treating the patient in the health care system for the patient’s recovery. In our concept, what is important is enhancing the role of relatives in the patient’s treatment and coordinating the resources between the treatment system and family members.
Traditionally, family medicine attends to the treatment of patients with severe physical and mental illnesses, particularly old patients. Recently, aspects have cropped up that affect the understanding and handling of disease patterns that are handed down over generations. Most recently, family medicine is also dealing with the consequencesof fertility medicine and pre-natal diagnostics. The latter in particular poses new questions as relates to dealing with genetic diseases within couples and families.
The objective of the institute is to expand traditional family medicine in both theory and practice. A particular focus will be on the effects of modern medical technology on communication in families and on the state of health of individual family members.