Achievements and outcomes of the european society of physical and rehabilitation medicine and its committees (2011-2015).

Prof Xanthi MICHAILa

a Technological educational Institute of Athens

European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine represents a federation of more than 30 European national societies of PRM with approximately 16.000 members, as well as a great number of individual members. The major goal of ESPRM is to support Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in the scientific arena of PRM in Europe and to bring together established PRM clinicians and young researchers.

The mission of ESPRM is a) to be the leading scientific European Society for physicians in the field of physical and rehabilitation medicine, b) to improve the knowledge of fundamentals and the management of activities, participation and contextual factors of people with a disability and c) to improve and maintain a strong connection between research and clinical practice in PRM.

Congresses held by the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine during the period 2011-2015 (ECPRM 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece and ECPRM 2014 in Marseille, France) have been the main events at which the activities of the society in the fields of research, continuing professional development (CPD) and initial education were promoted.

As of January 1st 2013 the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM) is managed by the Association Management Company Goldair AMC.

During the last four years the role of the Society was strengthened with regards to its cooperation with other organisms (i.e. UEMS and EARM) which work at European level in the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine field, as well as at International level with ISPRM.

In these years, Executive Committee members have participated in the great development of ESPRM, with various tasks and with many contributions by PRM colleagues from all European Countries.

As a result of all their great efforts the following (7) Committees and ( 2) task forces have been established: Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Committee , Robotic in Rehabilitation Committee, Research Committee, Public Health Committee, Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Committee, Guidelines Committee, Pain and Disability Committee, Publications Committee, as well as ESPRM SIG for SCI task force and Rehabilitation in elderly patients task force.