Academic journal article European Journal of Psychotraumatology

The First President's Pathway into ESTSS: Memories and Ideas for Future Issue. Patients as Partners

Academic journal article European Journal of Psychotraumatology

The First President's Pathway into ESTSS: Memories and Ideas for Future Issue. Patients as Partners

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THE PAST PRESIDENTS' REVIEWS - 20 YEARS OF EUROPEAN PSYCHOTRAUMATOLOGY

The first president's pathway into ESTSS: memories and ideas for future issue. Patients as partners

Erica M. Van der Schrieck-De Loos*

Quality and Patient Safety in Healthcare, CBO Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (a TNO company), Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract

This article addresses Wolter De Loos' pathway into ESTSS that ended on 6th January 2004. His footsteps are still printed in the field of psychotraumatology as he showed the field how a physician was trying to integrate his working field with that of psychiatry, with a great passion for his patients. Erica M. Van der Schrieck-De Loos outlines the perspectives of her father as funding president of the ESTSS by using his Opening Address of the Fourth ESTSS Conference in 1995. This address emphasized that the mixture of righteousness and offence in warfare is ubiquitious and everlasting. The perspective of the first president's pathway has been integrated with the current vision of the author to show that the patient can be a partner of the healthcare team. A suggestion for ESTSS main objective number (8), contained within the ESTSS mission statement, is to involve patients as partners of the traumatic stress care team into accelerating traumatic stress care across Europe and beyond.

Keywords: Traumatic stress care team; psychotraumatology; patient involvement; quality and patient safety in healthcare; ESTSS main objectives

*Correspondence to: Erica M. Van der Schrieck-De Loos, Quality and Patient Safety in Healthcare, CBO Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (a TNO company), PO Box 20064, NL-3502 LB Utrecht, The Netherlands, Tel: +31 30 2845713, Fax: +31 30 2943644, Email: e.vanderschrieck@cbo.nl

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This paper is part of the thematic cluster The Past Presidents' Reviews - 20 years of European Psychotraumatology - more papers from this cluster can be found at http://www.eurojnlofpsychotraumatol.net

Received: 15 February 2013; Revised: 2 May 2013; Accepted: 3 May 2013; Published: 6 June 2013

European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2013. © 2013 Erica M. Van der Schrieck-De Loos. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Citation: European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2013, 4: 21308 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v4i0.21308

ESTSS invited me to contribute to the 20th birthday. As the daughter of Wolter De Loos, I would like to present some of my father's ideas and reflections in relation to psychotraumatology as well as integrate thoughts from my own perspective into today's challenges for ESTSS. In ESTSS' opinion Wolter had a tremendous input on the European psychotraumatology having been the first president and by forming ESTSS together with the other pioneers in the field. He was given the Honorary life membership of ESTSS and he is "Supervisor" of the highest honor given by ESTSS: the Dr. De Loos award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychotraumatology in Europe. Wolter De Loos, MD, PhD died in January 2004. He dedicated his life to psychotraumatology, patient's care, and ESTSS.

Biography and pathway into ESTSS

After his residency in internal medicine (1980-1984), and his PhD in 1988, Wolter De Loos worked in the field of psychotraumatology for most of his life, 10 years in the University Hospital in Leiden (1983-1993), and 10 years in Utrecht, at the University Medical Center and Central Military Hospital (1993-2003). At the same time, he was working as a consultant for an eye clinic in the same university hospital. …

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