Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Its benefits for EU Citizens with musculoskeletal disorders
International Osteopathic Symposium of ROE, 1 - 3rd Jun 18
The International Osteopathic Symposium of ROE ( Registro de Osteópatas de España), 'From Research to Clinical Practice in Osteopathy: an integrated view' will take place on 1st - 3rd June 2018 at the magnificent Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
The aim of this Symposium is to present and discuss new scientific research concepts in order to implement them in the daily clinical practice of osteopaths, improve the clinical skills of practitioners, and promote better diagnosis and treatments.
The Symposium will be a combination of key note lectures in the morning and after lunch - interactive workshops, and will broadly focus on the following topics:
Deep Somatic Pain
Visceral and Referred Pain
Autonomic Nervous System and Fascia
Cranial Osteopathic Approach
There will be an excellent line up of International Lecturers including Prof. Dr. Wilfrid Jänig; Dr. M. Kuchera DO; Prof. J. Esteves DO PhD; Caroline Stone DO MSc; and Dr. W. Devine DO; (See the full listing here)
Don't miss the opportunity to visit Madrid, a city full of life, culture and excellent gastronomy that will ensure a perfect combination of work and leisure activities with your osteopathic colleagues.
For further information and to register, click here.
EFO and FORE Merger Update
The merger meeting on 15 January i2018 in Brussels was really successful and productive. The path is now clear to complete the long awaited merger at the AGM in Athens in March 2018.
EFO President awarded prestigious honorary membership
EFO President Marika Jevbratt, DO, BSc, MSc has been awarded with an honorary membership of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association. This is the Alumni association of Andrew Taylor Still University. The first osteopathic school in the world. She has been recognised for her work promoting osteopathy across the world and her support of AT Still University and the osteopathic medical profession.
The award was presented by President Phelps of ATSU (Andrew Taylor Still University) who pointed out the prestige of being awarded an honorary membership. Dr Jevbratt received her award at the OMED 17 convention in Philadelphia at the ATSU Alumni and Friends Reception on Monday 9th of October 2017.
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 download the presentations by clicking the link below:
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: A. Welcome 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€.
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.