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The Mandate

The mandate of this non-surgical task force is to develop a curriculum for a diploma in interprofessional spine care in order to allow:

  • mobility of healthcare professionals and patients
  • EU directive on mutual recognition of diplomas
  • harmonised standards of care

The task force will initially focus on developing a basic diploma which will be open to health care professionals with a strong interest in spine care (MDs, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and allied health professionals).

The education programme was developed based on the guiding principles of evidence-based, patient-centred, interprofessional, integrated and collaborative care.

Task Force members

Task Force Chairs
  • Margareta Nordin
  • Pierre Côté (Co-Chair)

  • Federico Balagué
  • Richard Brown
  • Stéphane Genevay (EduCom Liaison)
  • Lisa Roberts
  • Eric Werner
  • Fabio Zaina
  • Alberto Zerbi

Advisors, Observers and Staff
  • Jamiu Busari (Advisor)
  • Christine Cedraschi (Advisor)
  • Bernhard Meyer (Observer: Education Council)
  • Julie-Lyn Noël (Director of Education and Research)
  • Sandy Sutter (Manager of Education and Research)


The education programme will address important new development regarding the management of spinal disorders. Specifically, it will address issues related to the biomedical versus biopsychosocial model; how to best integrate new evidence into practice; how to gather clinical evidence; how to overcome barriers to interprofessional care.

EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC)

The education programme developed by the task force will benefit the spine care professional, the health care system and more importantly the patient. The expected outcomes of the diploma programme include a motivation from participants to change their practice and implement evidence-based, patient centred and collaborative care.

More information about the EDISC course will be available in winter 2018-2019. The pilot course is planned to take place in 2019 (dates yet to be defined).

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