Jean-Loup Mouysset

Ashoka Fellow
France,
Fellow Since 2010
Ressource

IDÉE

Jean-Louis Mouysset a ouvert un lieu unique en France, offrant des soins de mieux-être et un programme personnalisé d’accompagnement thérapeutique. Il permet ainsi aux personnes malades ou aux proches de devenir acteurs de leur santé pour une meilleure qualité de vie, de meilleures chances de guérison et faciliter la réintégration à la vie sociale.

 

IMPACT

Les centres Ressource ont permis d’accompagner près de 1000 personnes par an depuis 2011, dont 350 personnes engagées dans le programme d’accompagnement thérapeutique. L’association compte 300 adhérents au Centre par mois dont 10 enfants. Ressource a également organisé 5 colloques internationaux. En 2016, la Fédération des Centres Ressource est créée et d’autres centres ouvrent en France. 2 livres décrivant le concept ont été publiés chez Mosaïque-Santé.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Animateur de camps de vacances dans sa jeunesse, Jean-Loup choisit à 18 ans de s’orienter vers la médecine plutôt que la prêtrise. Médecin-oncologue, il crée le 1er centre d’Accompagnement Thérapeutique en France, offrant aux personnes malades et leur entourage un programme personnalisé “ pour se construire et se reconstruire”. Interne aux USA, il intègre le service du Pr. David Spiegel, leader mondial de l’oncopsychologie, à Stanford University. Marié, Jean-Loup a 2 enfants.

 

Citation

This profile was prepared when Jean-Loup Mouysset was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The New Idea
Over the last few years the French medical system has made strides on research for chronic diseases such as cancer, but its patient treatment remains traditional, elitist, and closed-minded. Without focus on a holistic vision of disease, it denies a patient’s singularity and thus targets pathologies with standardized methodologies. This system has traditionally defined treatment as purely medical and limited to delivery by doctors. Jean-Loup’s systems-changing community model of handling chronic disease involves patients and citizens in the treatment process and creates a new ability for medical institutions to care for the patient as a unique person by providing a set of innovative and personalized treatments. Starting with cancer, Jean-Loup envisions a system of care where chemo- and radiotherapy are only two of many aspects of cancer treatment, and he is now providing patients with those missing elements.

Fully aware that improving compliance to and results of treatment entails dealing with every aspect of a patient’s life, Jean-Loup sets up working groups that systematically deal with psychological support, social counseling, or aesthetical and physical well-being. These communities of practice involve medical and non-medical specialists, social workers, psychologists, and families, and surround patients throughout and after their illnesses. Mutual aid expression groups where 10 to 12 patients share accomplishments, fears, solutions, and psychological support play a crucial role in providing patients with a strong community and network throughout illness. No longer isolated by their suffering, they become central actors in their healing, rather than passive observers of their diseases.

These communities not only improve the treatment of patients, but they also play a major role in transforming the medical system and shifting perceptions around chronic diseases. Jean-Loup is anchoring a movement of informed patients, professionals, and families that gives strength to his model by spreading the word and promoting it through unprecedented large-scale informational meetings (i.e. each with an average of 4,000 participants). Thus, beyond his first center, more and more empowered patients are beginning to request Jean-Loup’s innovative therapy. He is also spreading his model through trainings to volunteers and doctors and through implementing therapeutic centers in new regions. Jean-Loup envisions his community-based model as the new norm to tackle chronic disease.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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