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Symptom Research in Primary Care

The SYMPCA2015 conference was held in Denmark in October 2015.

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Words of welcome from the SYMPCA2015

Welcome to the very first multidisciplinary symposium on ‘Symptom Research in Primary Care: current status and future agenda’, which will take place at Vejle in Denmark on 2-3 October 2015.

We aim to bring together researchers from various disciplines to present state-of-the-art research on symptoms and to engage in discussions on understanding and professional care of this phenomenon in the wider context of primary care.

Both in clinical work and in research, we face changes in clinical decision-making as the medical context is increasingly based on technology and risk assessment. While a more evidence-based approach to symptoms may improve patient outcome and optimize the use of health care resources, symptom research remains an emerging scientific field.

Conference themes are: Symptoms in context, Symptoms and diagnostics, Medically unexplained symptoms, and Symptoms and their professional management.

We invite contributions on both symptoms as ‘manifestations of disorders’ and ‘symbolic constructs’. In particular, we encourage presentation of research on unclarified symptoms, symptoms as predictors of disease, the cultural embeddedness of symptoms, symptom experiences, and symptom history and politics. 

We believe that both theoretical and clinical reflections on symptom research are crucial for the development and further professionalization of primary care, especially to our understanding of patients, their practices and interactions with the frontline of our healthcare systems.

This two-day event will offer a wide range of interdisciplinary networking and will give you plenty of opportunity for establishing new international research partnerships.

Venue (SYMPCA2015)

The interdisciplinary symptom symposium 2015 will be held at Hotel Vejlefjord, which is situated 20 km from the city centre of Vejle on the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula.

The place was originally built as a TB sanatorium in 1900 and is now one of the most popular spa hotels in Denmark. 

Organizing committee (SYMPCA2015)

The symposium is organized by the Danish Symptom Research Network and involves researchers from the Danish research units for general practice at Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and University of Southern Denmark as well as the general practice research unit at the Arctic University of Norway.

See the Organizing Committee

Presenter guidelines (SYMPCA2015)


  • Posters must have the following standard format: 85 x 120 cm
  • Text should be printed in a font large enough to be read comfortably from a distance of 1-2 metres.
  • Prepare 3 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for questions (5 minutes in total).


  • Each speaker will have 10 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for introduction and questions (13 minutes in total). 

Scientific programme (SYMPCA2015)

The scientific programme will consist of five keynote lectures and four thematic workshops.

Five distinguished scientists from different disciplines will present their research and views on current clinical implications and future perspectives for primary care.

Four workshops will focus on different aspects of symptom research through multidisciplinary discussions.

Who can attend?

Researchers with an interest in the field are invited to attend the symposium.

All participants are encouraged to submit an abstract for a presentation (oral or poster) in one of the four workshops.

As a limited number of participants are allowed to ensure fruitful group discussions, we strongly encourage early registration if you intend to secure a seat. Presenting participants will be prioritized.