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
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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.
General Meeting of the European Federation of Osteopaths 2017
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The Scandic Grand Marina Hotel in Helsinki was the setting for the 2017 EFO Ordinary General Meeting. The Finnish Osteopathic Association (Suomen Osetopaattiliitto) proved to be charming and enthusiastic hosts – which included a surprise birthday celebration for the EFO Treasurer, Dimitri Boulenger!
The meeting was well attended, with all EFO members represented, as well as guests from European and US institutions. Marika Jevbratt led her first General Meeting as President in a charming and professional way.
The end-of-year reports for 2016 and budget proposal for 2017 and an exciting new Strategic Plan, which focused on building support for members, and engagement between members, in key areas such as regulation, education standards (particularly around the new CEN osteopathic standards), as well as clinical and communications development, were topics among others in this very constructive and friendly meeting. Where presented, the future merger of the two European organisations EFO and FORE were discussed and roundly approved by members.
During the first day of the GM, a number of presentations were given, the first being by Jöry Powels from OsEAN, who gave an interesting talk about the Certification of Osteopathic Schools, which provoked many questions.
This was followed by a talk on ‘Osteopathy's History of Challenges’ by Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, which was a fascinating presentation about osteopathic connections between Europe and the USA. He also bought along some items from the museum’s collection, including a lock of AT Still’s hair!
The Friday session ended with a lovely surprise, the Finish Osteopathic Association (Suomen Osteopaattilitto) invited all to an impromptu glass of champagne, sponsored by them - A big thank you to Aila, Laura, Sandra and Eero.
Aila Kemppinen was the lucky recipient of a copy of Jason’s new book, Andrew Taylor Still – Father of Osteopathic Medicine.
The meeting concluded with Shaun Sommerer (Vice President) and Don Altman (Dean for online Programs) from Andrew Taylor Still University (ATSU) joining us via a videoconference link to talk about courses that could be of interest to osteopaths.
We all enjoyed a lovely dinner at Kapelli Restaurant in Helsinki and Eero Palevaara, the President of Suomen Osteopaattiliitto, joined some members at a local bar afterwards for post prandial drinks.
The second day began with a presentation from Patrick Van Dun from Belgium, where he talked about the results of the HEVO research project, commissioned by the Belgian Osteopathic Associations, on the health economic impact of osteopathy, based on a meta-analysis of osteopathic research from worldwide sources. The study has not yet been published, but the results were very positive in terms of the health economic benefits of osteopaths on the patient population.
This was followed by Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive from The Institute of Osteopathy, talking about the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) project which is happening in the UK, driven by the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR). This prompted great interest from the members as to how this could possibly be replicated in their respective countries.
The programme ended with presentations from all represented countries, and it was fascinating to hear from them all about the challenges to osteopathic recognition across Europe and Canada.
The meeting went very well and we are already looking forward to next year and deciding on the destination – watch this space!
A first step to recognition of Osteopathy across Europe?
We have all been (or a family member or a friend) to an osteopath. What very few people seem to be aware of is that there are only a handful of countries in Europe that legally recognise the profession of Osteopathy (Finland, France, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK).
That means that although you will find highly skilled osteopaths all over Europe, in non regulated countries anyone can say they are osteopaths as no legal definition of the profession exists. It also means that in regulated countries, the definition, education and training of osteopaths is different from one country to the other, limiting professionals relocating to other European countries.
It is with that in mind that osteopaths around Europe have decided to get together and produce a set of standards for the profession.
Read more: A first step to recognition of Osteopathy across Europe?
International Conference: An Integrative Approach of Medically Unexplainable Physical Symptoms (MUPS).
2016 is an important year for the Dutch Osteopathic Association (NVO); it’s our 30th anniversary. To celebrate this, the association is organizing an international conference and will be presenting an integrative approach to Medically Unexplainable Physical Symptoms (MUPS) to the medical and paramedical community.
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Je suis pour la reconnaissance de l'ostéopathie comme profession de santé de première ligne en Belgique
Belgique:Je suis pour la reconnaissance de l'ostéopathie comme profession de santé de première ligne.
Belgium: I am for the recognition of osteopathy as primary care health profession.
Signez la pétition / sign the petition
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New European Standard for Osteopathy Services
CEN has adopted and issued a European Standard on Osteopathic Healthcare Provision, which has been developed in partnership with the European Federation of Osteopaths (EFO) and the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE). This new standard sets a benchmark for high quality clinical practice, education, safety and ethics.
Read more: New European Standard for Osteopathy Services
An osteopathic learning community - a 2-day exploration of perception, palpation and practice
The VOD is organizing a post graduate course with Alison R. Brown DO MSCCO in Bad Nauheim, Hessen, Germany on the 3.-4. of October 2015. The course is being held in conjunction with the annual VOD convocation.
Alison R. Brown DO is a senior teacher of the Sutherland Cranial College in London.
Topic:"An osteopathic learning community - a 2-day exploration of perception, palpation and practice“
Hotel Dolce Bad Nauheim
Saturday , 03.10.2015 9.00 - 17.00
Sunday , 04.10.2015 9.00 -15.00
Registration at the VOD website: www.osteopathie.de/f48
Alison R. Brown will also be giving a lecture at the convocation on Sunday afternoon with the title : "Shifting perspectives - a strategy for professional reflection".
International Osteopathic Healthcare Week
For International Osteopathic Healthcare Week the Canadian federation of Osteopaths has made a short animated video What is Osteopathy? in French and English. It is aimed at the general public who have no experience of osteopathy. Here are the links:
Joint European Associations Meeting EFO, FORE, OcEAN and EROP
Joint European Associations Meeting EFO, FORE, OcEAN and EROP at the iO’s Annual Convention: 3 – 5 October 2014
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
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Report of the Meeting of the European Parliament Interest Groups MEPs Against Cancer
and MEPs for CAM
European Parliament, Thursday 27 June 2013
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(CAM): An investment in health
Keynote speech by DG SANCO Commissioner Tonio Borg
Our General Secretary, Alex Boon, was present at the meeting of the Euro CAM.
Notre secrétaire général, Alex Bonne, était présent a cette réunion de l'Euro CAM.
General Assembly 2013 in Brussels 1&2 February
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Assemblée Générale CEPLIS Parlement Européen - CEPLIS AGM European Parliament
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Main points raised by Ms. Bernadette Vergnaud, MEP, at the CEPLIS’ Permanent Committee
meeting of 13 November 2012
FR & EN
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BULLETIN D’INFORMATION DU PRÉSIDENTS, MARS 2012/ PRESIDENT’S NEWS LETTER MARCH 2012
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PRESIDENT’S NEWS LETTER MARCH 2012
It was a pleasure to receive you in Brussels for our AGM ON 24/02/12 and 25/02/12.
I, along with the EFO Board, would like to thank you for your input into what were some very positive meetings over the two days...
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EFO board members attend the VOD International Osteopathic Convention in Potsdam, Germany
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Members will be interested to hear about the recent meeting in Berlin of the Osteopathic Alliance and the Forum of osteopathic regulation in Europe superbly hosted by the VOD.
The EFO was represented by Jonathan Bailey-Teyletche, Alex Boon, Eric Gery and Michael Watson.
Read more: EFO board members attend the VOD International Osteopathic Convention in Potsdam, Germany