iCEPS Conference 2015 Montpellier

An international conference every 2 years about the evidence for efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs)

3rd edition, March 19, 20 and 21 at Montpellier, France 

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Providing Evidences

Non-pharmacological interventions (NPI) have become inevitable solutions to improve the quality of life, and sometimes life expectancy of persons suffering from a chronic disease or facing health risks. Recent observational studies also find economic and social benefits.
An international congress should allow:
- to share these proofs of effectiveness and costs/effectiveness,
- to discuss of research protocols allowing the acquisition of these proofs,

- to understand the main action mechanisms.      


Defining Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs)

Non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) take the form of products, programs and services. In most cases, they are complementary to drug, biotechnical and conventional chirurgical treatments. They cover the following areas:

- nutrition, e.g., dietary supplements, homeopathic products, diets,
- physical therapies and adapted physical activities, e.g., rehabilitation programs, physiotherapy techniques, osteopathic methods, massages, acupuncture, adapted physical activity programs, equitherapy, Tai Chi,  
- psychotherapy and health education, e.g., disease management programs, health preventive actions for risks at work, educational approach for health, serious games, electronic cigarettes, musicotherapy programs, cognitive behaviour therapies (CBT), psychoanalytic treatments, hypnosis, mindfulness programs, case management. 


A major issue

It may seem strange having to provide proofs of effectiveness and costs/effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions. We all know cases where people have felt the benefits from the use of a NPI on their health. Nevertheless, these cases and their personal satisfactions are not proof worthy enough. Are they just the result of a placebo effect? Are they applicable at the same “doses” to different people having the same troubles?
For the moment, learned societies and high authorities of health in France and in Europe consider that studies available in the scientific and medical literature do not provide sufficient proofs, but only proofs of concepts.

As such, policy makers and financial backers of the health sector remain sceptical. These organizations encourage innovators to come forward with these proofs in order to allow a better recognition, and incidentally, a better support.


The place of non-pharmacological interventions  

Are NPI big consumer products or health products, services to the person or care services, informative programs or medical devices?  Should they be freely available for sale or on medical prescription?  
Are they designed to heal, cure, alleviate chronic pains, for relaxation, increase autonomy, improve quality of life and/or to make people happy?
Should expenses incurred for non-pharmacological interventions be fully or partially refunded?
Should we monitor their consumption?
Should we check their toxicity and interference with conventional biological treatments?
What’s better than an international congress to confront opinions and experiences.
What is the targeted audience? To whom is this congress addressed?

The congress is adressed to any person interested by scientific, medical, juridical and ethical questions raised by non-pharmacological interventions. 


An international congress   

The plenary lectures, workshops and exhibit hall are addressed to any person interested by scientific, medical, juridical and ethical questions raised by non-pharmacological interventions. 


Why an international conference in Montpellier, France?   

Non-pharmacological interventions claim for debates and multidisciplinary solutions. They interest different scientific disciplines, from biological sciences to human and social sciences, from epidemiology to engineering sciences, from medicine to ethic, from new technologies to E-Health, from economics to legal sciences. This inter-action and collaboration will prompt the development and the validation of future innovations expected by actors, patients, professionals and decision makers.
Montpellier has a prestigious past in the field of health and human sciences, and in the articulation of these two. Non-pharmacological interventions position themselves at the heart of this crossing. University laboratories and companies/enterprises are very active in the Languedoc-Roussillon. Health care institutions are highly involved in clinical research. A cluster stimulates innovations and clinical research in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from chronic illnesses, in health preventive actions, in social economy and solidarity and in E-health.    



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