Osteopathy: WHO takes care of training

Standards for the training of osteopaths

As the Federal Association of Osteopathy (bvo) reports, the World Health Organization has regulated the international standards for the training of osteopaths. The bvo announces that it sees the effort of the WHO as a big step in the direction of an independent healthcare profession osteopath in Germany.

The wording of the WHO should serve, among other things, to regulate a legal basis for the practice of osteopathy. you will be Benchmarks in training in osteopathy called. The whole thing happened as part of a series of seven parts that were published for training in complementary medicine. The aim of the WHO is to ensure that training in osteopathy conveys a minimum standard of relevant specialist knowledge. There are also certain skills and exact knowledge of contraindications and of course indications. This is to ensure that all osteopaths can work with patients in primary contact.

The World Health Organization defines osteopathy as an independent form of medicine that includes both diagnosis and treatment and can be distinguished from other health professions that also use manual techniques, such as physiotherapy or chiropractic. As early as 2003, WHO's resolution WHA 56.31 called on member states to integrate complementary medicine, which also includes osteopathy, into the respective national health systems. The key points now published are intended to serve as a basis for health authorities to regulate the training, testing and approval of qualified osteopaths by law.

The bvo, Bundesverband Osteopathie e.V., welcomes the publication of the WHO and sees it as an important template for an independent healthcare profession in Germany: "WHO describes the osteopath as an independent profession that works with patients in primary contact," emphasizes Dr. med. Bernhard Hartwig, first chairman of the bvo, "that corresponds exactly to our professional policy goal."

Hartwig explains: “We do not yet have an independent profession as an osteopath in Germany and anyone who is not a doctor or alternative practitioner in his or her basic profession is not allowed to work in primary contact with patients in osteopathy. Here, osteopathy is an independent form of medicine and neither a specialist training nor an additional form of treatment for the alternative practitioner practice. It is time that in Germany the training to become an osteopath was legally regulated in the interest of the patient and that the osteopath was legally recognized as an independent profession. The key points of the WHO that have now been published provide a good template for this. ”In Germany, osteopaths are trained full-time or part-time at private osteopathy schools. The content and duration of training exceed the minimum standards required by the WHO. (pm, Dec 7, 2010)

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