Collaboration with other European medical CAM organisations in CAMDOC Alliance
CAM physicians, dual-trained in conventional medicine and one or more complementary systems of medicine, integrate a CAM modality into patient care within the context of general medical practice, conventional specialist practice or may practise CAM full-time. CAM treatment is provided within a care plan that includes conventional medical diagnosis, prognosis and treatments. CAM physicians will normally recommend an individualised package of care, including a specified CAM treatment as well as advice on change of lifestyle, diet and substance-abuse behaviours, acquisition of stress-reduction techniques and exercise etc. Health psychology approaches, which are intrinsic to most CAM modalities, aim to teach individuals more adaptive methods of interpreting life challenges and to develop more effective coping responses.
The major CAM therapies approach illness by working to induce and support the self-healing process of the individual. They can often be used as a first option in a wide range of health problems, or as a complement to conventional treatment working alongside it to improve patients’ health. These therapies include acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, ayurvedic medicine, herbal medicine/phytotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, Tibetan and traditional Chinese medicine, among others.
CAM can be considered as an essential part of a more integrated approach to the public health agenda across the EU, especially in areas including prevention and health promotion, patient safety, quality of healthcare (patient-centred health services), palliative care, health economics (cost-effectiveness and cost-savings), and mental health.
The European Committee for Homeopathy collaborates with the following medical CAM umbrella organisations:
- European Council of Doctors for Plurality in Medicine (ECPM)
- International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART)
- International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA)
in the CAMDOC Alliance.
Jointly they represent 132 associations of statutorily regulated health professionals, i.e. medical doctors, veterinarians, dentists, and pharmacists in the European countries.
They have jointly produced several publications and position papers.