Title Bridging the gap of general practitioners' competence on European Market
Project Number 2008-1-PL1-LEO05-02080
Product Report on educational system and the role of Family Physicians in the field of health promotion and disease prevention
Title Report on educational system and the role of Family Physicians in the field of health promotion and disease prevention
Product Type others
Marketing Text Report on analysis of the training programmes and a description of GPs’ role in the area of health promotion and diseases prevention in partners countries: Poland, Lithuania, Greece and United Kingdom.
Description The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the educational activities at the undergraduate and specialization level and describes the position of GPs in the health care system. It was prepared on the basis of experts’ opinions that were obtained from four European countries: Greece, Lithuania, Poland and the UK. The report from each country includes examples of medical studies curricula, postgraduate training curricula, survey results and details about the legal regulations concerning GPs’ tasks and obligations in health promotion and disease prevention. Furthermore, it describes similarities and differences between the countries, related to specific historical, political, socio-economical and medical circumstances.
Target group The report can be used by health professionals, especially those involved in the teaching process to gain knowledge about the current state of teaching in health promotion and disease prevention in Greece, Lithuania, Poland and the UK.
Based on the current analysis of the medical education and training curricula, and on the legal regulations, within the scope covered by the reports from the four European countries, the following conclusions and recommendations have been created:
1. designing training programs related to family medicine/general practice, and focusing on health promotion and disease prevention represent a priority; in addition, it is important to take into account the continuity of instruction throughout the undergraduate and postgraduate training, in combination with the contents of other specialty courses (e.g.: in cardiology, oncology, or endocrinology),
2. it is essential to share knowledge and experience between the medical centres, in which preventive care is being provided, including academic as well as other training facilities for family doctors, in both the EU and non-EU countries,
3. learning of the practical preventive skills and “vigilant" attitudes, necessary for safe and efficient primary preventive health care delivery, should be focused on early diagnosis and effective screening procedures,
4. medical professionalism in the field of health promotion and disease prevention should be taught by " learning from a master", or in small groups, using modern methods, and providing feedback and evaluation of students' and residents' progress,
5. at a level of the health care system, it is essential to promote the role of family physician as a “gate-keeper”, who coordinates and assures continuity of patient care, and focuses on health promotion and disease prevention in an economical way,
6. planning of the health promotion and disease prevention programs should be preceded by evaluation of the family physician’s time availability, interests, technical capabilities, and motivation; family physicians should be financially compensated for this part of their medical practice.
7. family physician should be encouraged to actively participate in organizing and implementing of the health promotion and disease prevention initiatives in his/her local community.
Area of application The conclusions drawn from the report can be used as a recommendations for policy makers and Family Medicine teaching specialist.
Product Languages English