Workshop at the European Parliament
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We were delighted to be invited to the European Parliament in Brussels to attend a workshop on ‘Complementary and Alternative Therapies for patients today and tomorrow’ on Monday 16th October 2017.
The workshop was organised by the Policy Department A, Economic & Scientific Policy for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). Alex Boon, pictured, our General Secretary attended the meeting on behalf of the EFO.
Mr Alojz Peterle (MEP) co-chaired the workshop and welcomed everyone. He discussed the significant differences there are between European countries with regards to who can practice Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), what qualifications are required and how the services are offered and financed.
For instance, in Austria, France, Spain and Italy, only medical doctors can practice acupuncture while in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, it is widely performed by non-medically qualified practitioners. This "patchy" provision means that EU citizens experience certain barriers that limit their access to CAM.
Ms Soledad Cabezon Ruiz (MEP) also co-chairing the workshop highlighted three main areas of focus which included the need to define the different CAM therapies, look at the evidence for them and the regulation that surrounds their practice.
Mr Ton Nicolai, spokesman of Eurocam, gave an overview of the different CAM therapies there are in Europe. Eurocam are a foundation who aim to unite European organisations representing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) patients and trained CAM health professionals, including medical doctors, veterinarians and other practitioners.
Dr Wolfgang Weidenhammer, Co-ordinator of the CAMbrella project spoke about the status of research on CAM across Europe. He noted that there has been much improvement over previous years. (CAMbrella is a European research network for complementary and alternative medicine.)
Dr Stéphane Espinosa, of the World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out that traditional and complementary medicine must be integrated in the National Health Systems. The patients and the public will both benefit from this.
Find out more about the event and downloading the presentations by clicking the link below:
Second EFO Open Membership Meeting
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Saturday 30/09/2017 - Bad Nauheim, Germany
Following our successful 2016 Open Meeting in Windsor, UK, the EFO would like to invite all EFO and FORE members to participate at our Round Table Meeting from 11.00 until 17.00.
The proposed agenda will be:
B. CEN Process – Status of implementation; input and exchange with all participants
C. PROMS - update
D. Continued Professional Development (CPD) – Maurice Cheng
E. Round Table: Osteopathic Profession – Challenges and opportunities in different countries
F. Further topics suggested by participants
If you have any suggestions on further topics you would like to be covered under agenda point E, please let us know.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the VOD's 20th International Congress on Osteopathy before and after the meeting. Please check the program and register here. We have been able to negotiate a special day rate of 125€ (lunch included) for all EFO and FORE members wishing to attend the Congress. Please mention EFO when registering.
There will be a Gala diner on Saturday night, with tickets priced at 50€.
Hotel Conparc Bad Nauheim
61231 Bad Nauheim
Tel.: +49 6032 303 538
Discount with: VOD 2017
We very much look forward seeing you in Bad Nauheim!
EFO pilot to enhance the evidence base for osteopathy
The EFO is pleased to announce the introduction of a pilot programme for Patient Recorded Outcomes Measures (PROMs). A contract has been recently signed with the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), who have successfully introduced PROMs in the UK. The pilot study will include Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, and is expected to start in September 2017 and run for between three and six months.
PROMs aims to provide the profession with much needed data about the impact of osteopathic treatment from a patient perspective. Not only should this develop a large dataset, offering robust and valuable information to inform individuals and the profession as a whole about our patients and their outcomes after treatment, it will also support lobbying at a national and EU level.
Each country and each osteopath will have the opportunity to receive data about their patient responses. Results will be shared at the AGM in March 2018, as well as being published in the IJOM (International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine).
How does it work?
Patients will fill in a questionnaire on a website or mobile phone a number of times throughout their treatment. The anonymously collected data will be collated and evaluated by NCOR.
What data is collected using the system?
A range of data is collected using the PROM app including at baseline such as:
· Demographic information e.g. age, sex, and work status
· Duration of current symptoms
· The main reason for seeking treatment
· The time until the first appointment offered
· The areas affected by symptoms
Following the conclusion of the pilot phase, all EFO member countries wishing to use the PROMs tool for collecting data in their country will be invited to do so at a minimal cost proportionate to their population.
Reporting back from Eurocam
Parent Category: efo
As you probably know, the EFO is member of EUROCAM, a foundation uniting European organisations representing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) patients and trained CAM health professionals, including medical doctors, veterinarians and other practitioners. The aim of EUROCAM is to promote the contribution of CAM to improving health in Europe. You can find more information on the website.
There are four face to face meetings a year. Alex Boon, our General Secretary, attend those meetings, including the most recent in June 2017. A report of this meeting can be found below.
Outcomes from the latest EUROCAM meeting on 20 June 2017
- EUROCAM is currently working on a three-year plan of collaboration with WHO to be agreed jointly by both parties. We anticipate that this will lead to shared policy briefings with WHO for the European Parliament on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as well as palliative and supportive cancer care. In addition, EUROCAM is seeking to contribute to WHO’s Knowledge Platform and its database for clinical evidence.
- The Working Group on Health of the European Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is organizing a meeting in the European Parliament on 16 October under the title: “Complementary and alternative therapies for patients today and tomorrow.” EUROCAM is invited to propose speakers to make the case for the inclusion of CAM in the health systems of the EU and beyond. We understand that speakers with a critical view on CAM will also be invited.*
- In collaboration with some members of the European Parliament, EUROCAM is planning a CAM Interest Group meeting in the European Parliament to review the scope and role of CAM in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. This is presently scheduled for spring 2018.
- EUROCAM is in contact with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission about organizing an event on best practices of CAM for Commission officials. We are actively seeking the support of members of the European Parliament to enable this meeting to go ahead.
* EUROCAM is currently seeking clarification about who may attend this meeting. Should the meeting be open to all, we will let you know so that should you wish to attend, arrangements can be made to this effect.