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MSH Medical School Hamburg hosting the world

Technical expert meeting of the World Health Organization at the annual midyear meeting in Hamburg.

Last week, MSH Medical School Hamburg hosted two working group sessions in which technical experts on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) convened and discussed the worldwide improvement of health. Focus of this meeting: developing new formulas of diagnostics for treatment. 

The WHO-working groups assume that the increasingly complex life of people must find consideration in diagnostics in the treatment of diseases.

Despite identical diagnostics, the identical treatment is not always the best way to proceed. Whilst we must consider the living environment of an individual, we must also look at the wider conditions, i.e. what meaning does the disease and its treatment has for the patient. The World Health Organization therefore developed a new diagnostic, named “Classification for Diagnostics” to supplement existing methods. Interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation is key. The confrontation of and conversation with the patient likewise plays a key role and needs more attention – an area that is often neglected and undervalued by experts.

MSH Professor Liane Simon, technical expert for the WHO working group, is involved in the consultation processes of the German delegation. In response to her open call, approximately 100 experts from 37 nations convened at our University.

It was discussed how the new treatment forms can be applied and translated in the different countries from around the world and how health professionals can be prepared to use these new forms. Still in its infancy in many countries, Germany is well prepared in the area of rehabilitation: the National Participation Act (Bundesteilhabegesetz (BTHG)) is one of the first where this new form of diagnostic and treatment plan has been enforced for the treatment of people with disabilities.

This is what we, at MSH – a state-approved University of Health and Medicine – investigate further (research) and incorporate in our curriculum (teaching). The dissemination of knowledge was further supplemented with the support of a subsequent national conference in which 250 medical doctors, psychologists, therapists, social workers and early intervention specialists took part.

This means for the end user (patient), that a more in-depth consultation and survey process will be used. Here, experts will not merely focus on physical or mental difficulties, but they will specifically explore the direct experienced effects on the patient’s everyday life, their relationships, leisure-time and work. It is only then that health professionals will develop treatment concepts that take these details into consideration. It is expected that these new treatment forms will improve the treatment and rehabilitation process of patients as they are targeted to and adapted towards the individual patient.

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