The task is to develop an extensive consensus document presented by FIMM and accepted and published by WHO, which encourages and supports countries in the proper education and use of safe, effective practices in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine as a part of national health services. Such a reference could be expected to guide appropriate national and international healthcare and health policy discussions.
In the light of the situation described above, there will be a need to develop guidelines on education, training, and safe practice in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine, including information on contraindications for such care.
Other groups recognised by WHO have done the same1.
The document must have significant input from the FIMM Education Board; it must also contain a glossary on basic terms in Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine as an addendum.
Groupe de travail
The document shall be developed and elaborated by a group of the HPB (WHO team) of dedicated and experienced representatives of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine. The composition of the group shall mirror FIMM’s “international map”. The project must take into consideration the economic situation of FIMM. The period of development shall be no longer than 2 years. The WHO consultation process is aimed at the end of 2010 to be accomplished.
Most of the teamwork will be done by the use of co-ordinated e-mail correspondence. However, some meetings of the team will be necessary to guarantee coherent editing.
Some informational meetings with WHO authorities at their Geneva address might be necessary. However, such meetings will perhaps only need to engage just the Director of the HPB.
La mise en place
The different stages of development shall be accompanied by strong feedback mechanisms. That means that the Executive Board and the General Assembly will be informed at specific stages of the project. Both the Executive Board and the General Assembly shall be given opportunities for feedback within defined procedures. Only after ratification by the General Assembly the consultation document shall be submitted to the WHO.