Facing an aging population, interprofessional collaboration in primary care is a challenge for all health care providers in near future. In 2011, WONCA-Europe stated that GPs should make efficient use of health care resources by coordinating care, by working with other professionals in the primary care setting, and by managing the interface with other specialties, taking an advocacy role for the patient when needed. A second statement stressed the development of a person-centred approach, orientated to the individual, his/her family, and their community. These are important themes within the Research Agenda for Primary Health and General Practice in Europe.
Which models for collaboration are more effective and patient-centred? In order to answer this question, we need strong research designs. Research on health outcomes in this field such as quality of life is of particular importance. Another challenge is to develop effective methods of interprofessional education and of teaching management skills and patient-centred attitudes and skills to future GPs.
This meeting also offers you scientific high-level workshops.
A workshop on developing systematic reviews will be given by Prof. Dr. E. Vermeire and Dr. B. Michiels (UA)
Prof. Charlotte Rees, our keynote speaker, will give a workshop on innovative qualitative methods in medical education: audio-/videotaped observation and discourse analysis of bedside teaching encounters.
How many of us have finished a nice project but are struggling with the scientific writing? We invite you to follow the workshop given by Prof. Dr. H. Bastiaens in collaboration with Linguapolis, one of the most famous language institutes in Europe.
Bridging research and education, a big challenge for researchers and teachers, will be covered in a workshop given by members of& COGITA, the international gut feelings group.
Lieve Peremans, MD, PhD 1
National Representative of Belgium
Host Organization Committee
Paul Van Royen, MD, PhD 1
Katrien Bombeke, MD 1
Kristin Hendrickx, MD, PhD 1
Maaike Van Overloop, MD 2
1 Departement of Primary and Interdisciplinary Care, University of Antwerp
2 Flemish College of General Practice