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CAM-Conference Brussels, 9 October 2012, European Parliament

On the 9 October 2012, Members of the European Parliament, health professionals, patients and policy makers gathered in the European Parliament to hear and debate presentations on the innovative added value of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for European Healthcare. The potential that CAM has to maintain health, prevent ill-health  promote healthier lifestyles and contribute to the sustainability of health systems should not be disregarded by the European Union at a time when health funding is under so much pressure from economic and demographic pressures, the Conference forcefully concluded.
The event was hosted by MEP Elena Oana Antonescu (EPP, Romania) and co-hosted by MEPs Sirpa Pietikäinen  (EPP, Finland) and Alojz Peterle (EPP, Slovenia)


Description of speakers (pdf)

Conference declaration and call for action (pdf)


Complementary and Alternative Medicine and innovative healthcare
Andrew Long, Professor of Health Systems Research, University of Leeds, United Kingdom Presentation A.Long (pdf)

Patients’ motivations for and use of CAM
Helle Johannessen, Professor of Social Studies in Health and Medicine, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Presentation H.Johannessen (pdf)

Evidence-base and effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Gustav Dobos, Professor of Internal Medicine, Chair of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Presentation G. Dobos (pdf)

Costs and cost-effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Claudia Witt, Professor of Medicine, Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Economics, Charité University, Berlin, Germany
Presentation C. Witt (pdf)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in health promotion and disease prevention
Simona Dragan, Professor of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania
Presentation S. Dragan (pdf)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and chronic disease management
Erik Baars, Professor of Anthroposophic Healthcare, University of Applied Sciences, Leiden, the Netherlands
Presentation E. Baars (pdf)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for innovative partnerships
Dominik Irnich, Head of Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Department of Anaesthesiology, University of Munich, Germany
Presentation D. Irnich (pdf)

Innovative use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in healthcare and public health systems
Torkel Falkenberg, Associate Professor of Health Care Research, Research Constellation Leader - Integrative Health Care, Karolinska Institute, and Director, I C – The Integrative Care Science Center, Sweden.
Presentation T. Falkenberg (pdf)

The CAMbrella project – status and potential impact
Wolfgang Weidenhammer, CAMbrella project leader, Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the University Hospital ‘Rechts der Isar’ of the Technical University of Munich, Germany
Presentation W. Weidenhammer (pdf)

EUROCAM Brochure 2012: Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Current status and potential in European Healthcare EUROCAM Brochure 2012 (pdf)


The conference was organised as a joint project of European and international CAM organisations of citizens using CAM, non-medical CAM practitioners and physicians using CAM.

European Central Council of Homeopaths ECCH,

European Committee for Homeopathy ECH,

European Council of Doctors for Pluralityin Medicine ECPM,

European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine EFCAM,

European Federation of Homeopathic Patients’ Associations EFHPA,

European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine EFPAM,

International Council for Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques,

International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations IVAA,

Abstract in German (W. Maric-Oehler): Dt Zschr f Akupunktur 55 4/2012 (pdf)