Citizens’ Needs, Work Package 3
The task of WP 3 is to identify the needs and attitudes of European citizens with regard to CAM. This involves a focus on individuals as members of civil society. WP 3 therefore explores questions such as: What are people´s legal rights and / or consumer rights with respect to CAM? What are the general information needs about CAM, or the need for safety and quality control of CAM provision? What attitudes might people have towards CAM in general, the integration of CAM therapies into national healthcare systems or towards individual CAM therapies? A first step in identifying the needs of the different people who live in EU member states or associated countries is through collaboration with experts who are knowledgeable about the needs and attitudes of EU citizens with regard to CAM, either in their own countries or the EU as a whole. This includes: individuals and / or organisations who are involved in consumer rights, or who provide independent information about healthcare, including CAM; professionals who have a particular interest in ensuring that all EU residents have fair and equitable access to good quality healthcare of their choice; or civil servants and politicians who are involved in regulating CAM therapies either in their individual member states or across the EU as a whole. To bring these different individuals and organisations together, a workshop will be held in Vienna at the end of June 2010. The information gathered at the workshop, together with additional information such as opinion polls, surveys and scientific literature, will enable WP3 to establish an overview of the needs and attitudes of EU citizens with regard to CAM. On the basis of this overview, the WP will map EU citizens´ future needs and attitudes concerning CAM. The work of WP3 will take place over the next two years. A report on EU citizens’ needs and attitudes regarding CAM will be published in early 2012, and will be available both in printed form and electronically through the CAMbrella website. The report will feed into other WPs and contribute towards suggestions for future CAM research areas for EU funded projects.