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, at the suggestion of Prof. Veronika Fialka-Moser (Austria). Its mission was to promote quality of care in PRM throughout European countries. Under the chairmanship of Prof. Bengt Sjölund (Sweden), the committee discussed different ways to achieve this ambitious goal. Without external funding, the committee decided to develop an Accreditation process for PRM Programmes of Care based on volunteering by 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 a 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 different clinical situations and is sensitive to the local context. It puts much emphasis on the medical rehabilitation care approach for the patient, from diagnosis and treatment to comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation. The rehabilitation process has to be described in the structure, goals and in the content of the programme. The organizational aspects include the manpower and equipment required by the programme. This rehabilitation template owes much to the developmental work by our past chairman Dr Georges de Korvin (France)
Before submitting a programme to formal Accreditation, a PRM Specialist can give an oral presentation of his/her programme during a CAC workshop. CAC workshops takes place twice a year during the General Assembly of the UEMS PRM Section. The venue circulates around UEMS PRM member countries in selected European cities. Presenting a Programme of Care provides an excellent opportunity for exchange of clinical experiences. Committee feedback helps the applicant acquire knowledge of the national contexts in Europe and to become more aware of our European culture of PRM.
Additionally, the CAC has started other initiatives related to PRM programmes and quality of care. We are developing a Patients rights and responsibilities in PRM care guidelines for accreditation and a special topic about supporting the rights of patients with reduced decision making capacity.
CAC also cooperates with the European Society of PRM (ESPRM) in order to gather National PRM guidelines recommendations which describe best PRM practice.
CAC works and PRM programmes of care are regularly presented during special sessions of ESPRM congresses.
If you are interested in contributing to CAC activities, please, contact the National Delegate of your country or CAC Chairman
Chairman of the Clinical Affairs Committee – UEMS PRM Section