Public Health: Prototypes for Patient-Centred Healthcare in Europe
René de Winter (President European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine)
In our workshop we want to discuss the contribution of integrative Healthcare to the further development of patient-centred health care systems in Europe. Complementary and Alternative therapies are widely used and accepted. Referring to a longstanding tradition in Europe they are deeply linked to practices of self care and self management.
Anthroposophical Medicine as a whole medical system of integrative medicine strongly supports patients' perspectives und promotes the achievement of their personal goals. Emerging evidence suggests that CAM therapies in general have the potential to enhance patients’ awareness of the interconnections between mind, body and lifestyle. Therefore CAM encourages patients to assume personal responsibility for their health and adopt more effective coping strategies.
Integrative Medicine could prototype the enhancement of a value-based and contemporary patient-physician relationship as the foundation of future healthcare in Europe.
Freedom of choice among different options of integrative therapies therefore is needed to further develop patient-centred health care in Europe. One of the three main goals of the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2013-2023 – “to promote universal health coverage by integrating T&CM services into health care service delivery and self-health care” – is still far from being met in Europe.
Ellis Huber (President Berufsverband Präventologen e.V. Germany)
Since 2007 Ellis Huber is Chairman of the Professional Association of German Preventologists in Hanover, Germany. Since 1994 he is a Member of the Executive Board and since 2014 Deputy Chairman of the Board of the PARITARY organisation in Berlin. Mr. Huber serves as a Managing Director of St. Leonhard's Academy and has been President of the Medical Association of Berlin for the period 1987 to 1999. Part of his work is related to the Health Town Council in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and in Kreuzberg, Germany. He has contributed as an Initiator of Health Days in Berlin and Hamburg.
Stefan Schmidt-Troschke (CEO GESUNDHEIT AKTIV e.V., Germany)
Dr. Stefan Schmidt-Troschke, born 1964, pediatrician, MBA. Epidemiological research on sudden infant death syndrome within the framework of the Westphalian SID-Study. 2003 foundation of the network “Physicians for Individual Decisions on Vaccination” in Germany. 2003-13 Medical Director of Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke, a community and university teaching hospital focusing on integrative Medicine. Initiation and further management of numerous managed care and medical teaching projects. Since 2014 CEO of GESUNDHEIT AKTIV – Anthroposophische Heilkunst e.V., a national patient organization in Germany. Numerous publications und lectures centering around Public Health, Mother and Child Care Board and Integrative Medicine. Member of the European Federation of Patients in Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM), Board member of ELIANT.