About the Authors

Astrid Stumpf

astrid.stumpf@ukmuenster.de

Affiliation Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Markus Burgmer

Affiliation Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Gudrun Schneider

Affiliation Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Gereon Heuft

Affiliation Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Martin Schmelz

Affiliation Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive care Medicine, Karl Feuerstein Professorship, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany

Ngoc Quan Phan

Affiliation Competence Center Chronic Pruritus, Department of Dermatology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Sonja Ständer

Affiliation Competence Center Chronic Pruritus, Department of Dermatology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Bettina Pfleiderer

Affiliation Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AS MB GS GH NQP SS BP. Performed the experiments: AS MB BP. Analyzed the data: AS BP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MS BP. Wrote the paper: AS BP.