This coordinating project is to develop an EU network of research centres in the field of CAM, to develop consensus-based terminology to describe CAM interventions, to create a knowledge base regarding patients' demand for CAM and its prevalence, to review the current legal status and policies governing CAM provision in the EU and, to explore the needs, beliefs and attitudes of the EU citizens with respect to CAM. In the end a prioritised EU research roadmap for CAM will be recommended. The consortium consists of 16 partners from 12 European countries supported by an Advisory Board, which reflects relevant stakeholders like patients, practitioners, medical providers and manufacturers.
The status of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) within the EU needs clarification. The definition and terminology of CAM is heterogeneous. The therapies, legal status, regulations and approaches used vary from country to country but there is widespread use by EU citizens. The CAMbrella project has been launched to improve our knowledge about CAM in Europe.
- To develop consensus on a series of definitions for the terminology used to describe the major CAM interventions used clinically in Europe.
- To create a knowledge base that allows us to accurately evaluate the patient demands for CAM and the prevalence of its use in Europe.
- To review the current legal status of CAM in EU member or associated states.
- To explore the needs and attitudes of EU citizens with respect to CAM.
- To explore the providers' perspectives on CAM treatment in Europe.
- To propose an appropriate research strategy for CAM that will help develop an understanding of CAM use and its effectiveness within an EU context in response to the needs of healthcare funding bodies, providers and patients.
- To facilitate and foster sustainable, high quality collaboration and networking of European CAM researchers.
The project’s work packages are designed to enhance the knowledge of CAM in the EU by creating more clarity on terminology and collecting information about CAM use, demand for CAM and the legal regulations on CAM provision. Based on the available information, a roadmap for future research projects will be suggested to fill the existing knowledge gaps and to facilitate that CAM practice is based on appropriate evidence.
The project will also foster a coordinated network of researchers and stakeholders within the EU and beyond its borders.
The results will be presented on the project’s final conference on 29th November 2012 in Brussels. For further details regarding the final conference see the project’s website.
The project will establish a European research strategy for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to enable that CAM practice is based on an appropriate evidence base with impact on future research funding by the European Commission.
A coordinated EU network of researchers and stakeholders will have a substantial and rigorous impact on the way the EU considers and delivers CAM within its various healthcare systems. In the end, the outcome of CAMbrella is designed to contribute to the process of developing an appropriate strategy for better health care in Europe.
- 1st announcement CAMbrella final conference, Brussels, Belgium - 29.11.2012
Wolfgang Weidenhammer PhD
Competence Centre for Complementary Medicine and Naturopathy,
Klinikum rechts der Isar,
Techn. Univ. Munich, Germany
Dr. Bettina Reiter
Wiener Internationale Akademie für Ganzheitsmedizin,
Prof. Vinjar Fonnebo
NAFKAM – Nasjonalt forskningssenter innen komplementær og alternativ medisin
Universitetet i Tromsø, Norway
Dr. Klaus von Ammon
KIKOM – Kollegiale Instanz für Komplementärmedizin
Universität Bern, Switzerland
Prof. George Lewith
Department of Primary Care
University of Southampton,
Prof. Benno Brinkhaus
Institut für Sozialmedizin, Epidemiologie und
Charité – Universitätsmedizin
Prof. Bernhard Uehleke
Abteilung für Naturheilkunde,
Departement für Innere Medizin
Universitätsspital Zürich, Switzerland
Dr. Paolo Roberti di Sarsina
Comitato Permanente di Consenso e Coordinamento per le
Medicine Non Convenzionali in Italia,
Prof. Torkel Falkenberg
Division of Nursing,
Unit on Integrative Care,
Prof. Antoine Lazarus
Institute of Public Health
Université Paris 13,
Dr. Jorge Vas
Pain Treatment Unit
Servicio Andaluz De Salud,
Dr. Francesco Cardini
Agenzia Sanitaria e Sociale Regionale, Regione
Prof. Gabriella Hegyi
Chair for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Pecsi Tudomanyegyetem – University of Pecs,
Prof. Simona Dragan
Department of Institutional Development
Universitatea de Medicina si Farmace Victor Babes,
Prof. Helle Johannessen
CCESCAM – Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies of CAM
Department of Public Health,
Franziska Baumhöfener, Meike Dlaboha
BayFOR – Bayerische Forschungsallianz,