The Clinical Affairs Committee of the UEMS PRM Section deals with Quality of Care in PRM practice.
The Clinical Affairs Committee of the UEMS Section of PRM (CAC) was set up in 2001, on the suggestion of Prof. Veronika Fialka-Moser (Austria). Its mission was to promote quality of care in PRM throughout European countries. Under the presidency of Prof. Bengt Sjölund (Sweden), we discussed different ways to achieve this ambitious goal. Without any external funding, we decided to create an Accreditation of PRM Programmes of Care based on volunteering of participants and reviewers.
After several trials, the procedure has reached a mature level, step by step. This accreditation is based on a peer-review of the thorough description of a PRM Programme of Care, using a common template, which can be downloaded from this website. This template has proved to be robust and can apply to any kind of clinical situation and local context. It puts much emphasis on the medical approach of the patient, from disease diagnosis and treatment to comprehensive rehabilitation. This has to be expressed in the general foundations, in the goals and in the structured content of the programme. Organizational aspects result from those first considerations, which give sense to all the manpower and equipment required by the programme.
Before submitting a programme to formal Accreditation, any PRM Specialist can give an oral presentation of his programme during the CAC workshop, which takes place twice a year during the General Assembly of the UEMS PRM Section, every time in a different European city. This is an excellent opportunity to exchange our clinical experiences, to get an accurate knowledge of the national contexts in Europe and to get more conscious of our European culture of PRM.
Additionaly, the CAC has started some other works related to PRM programmes and quality of care. A position paper on patients rights in PRM care will be presented in the European congress of PRM (Marseille, May 2014), as well as a special topic about the rights of patients with reduced competencies.
CAC also cooperates with the European Society of PRM (ESPRM) in order to gather and sort out National guidelines and recommendations for the best PRM practice.
Dr Georges de Korvin
Chairman of the Clinical Affairs Committee – UEMS PRM Section