Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Product R2_Analysis of the Successfully Implemented QI Projects Concerning CVDs in FM/GP in Europe
Title R2_Analysis of the Successfully Implemented QI Projects Concerning CVDs in FM/GP in Europe
Product Type others
Marketing Text R2 is a very useful source of information for GPs and FM teachers who want to introduce QI projects or teach how to implement them. It is proved, that in order to accelerate the speed of adoption of QI and to avoid the repetition of mistakes, GPs from different parts of Europe should study examples in their fellow countries. A description of quality projects undertaken in general practice, presentation of the best examples with analysis of its success factors can help in informing them about valuable developments.
The Report consist of two parts: a) report on description of selected QI projects in EU, b) two appendixes (1 and 2) consist of:
- Descriptions of important QI projects
- Interviews with FM experts (by phone, e-mail or other chosen way)
In order to develop the R2, database, journal websites and google search limited to English language publications were carried out. Medical databases such as MEDLINE via PubMed and EMBASE were searched with the use of search strategies described in the Appendix. One of PubMed searches yielded 100 hits, the other 98 hits and the third one – 65 hits. EMBASE search yielded 289 hits. The searches were limited to English language publications. In addition, websites of several journals were checked for relevant articles, such as: BMC Health services research, BMC Family Practice, Journal of evaluation of clinical practice, Quality and Safety in Health care, Family Practice. In addition, a google search engine was used. Selection was ensured: the articles were selected if they described any type of QI programmes concerning CVD (hypertension, dyslipidemia, HF, CHD, DM) in FM/GP in Europe which were evaluated and successful. The most recent projects were selected. Several factors which may be necessary for a successful QI programme were described. Additionally information about other programmes identified in this search was provided. In total, the description of 11 successful QI programmes related to CVD and based in primary care in European countries, provide an overview of a variety of interventions.
Additionally information about other programmes identified in this search was provided in the Appendix.
Teachers / Trainers of Family Medicine / General Practice,
Educational experts in the field of primary care,
Practicing General Practitioners / Family Physicians
Trainees in the field of Family Medicine / General Practice
Health Policy decision makers
Result The project is focused on: (1) hypertension and (2) diabetes mellitus which appear as the most important problems of public health in Europe. This report with the systematic overview of the successfully implemented quality projects (which adopt a broad view of the magnitude and nature of quality), that was developed in the project - may create an important European perspective that couldn’t be created based on experience from one country only. Data included in the report can be used to stimulate interest of teachers in family medicine in QI.
Area of application
The indirect aim of this Report was to improve GPs' knowledge in the field of Quality Improvement (QI) activities related to CVD in family medicine. We believe that this report together with the associated documents (Appendix 1: 'Examples of Case Study', and Appendix 2: 'Interviews with experts'), are a valuable source of knowledge for GPs and FM teachers interested in improvement of their competencies in the field of QI.
Data included in the reports can be used to stimulate interest of teachers in family medicine in QI. Moreover, on the basis of the conclusion raised from the Report and from the associated Annexes the further products such as: the Guide Book, a VET training course for teachers in FM, a distance learning course for GPs have been developed. It was our intention to ensure a holistic approach in developing of all project results. Findings and conclusions from R1 and R2 were taken into account when the R3 and R4 have been developed. All conclusions arisen from R1, R2, R3, R4 (review of the QI curricula, QI projects and their success factors, gap competencies of GPs in the field of QI, educational needs identified with a use of SAQ tool) were the basis for development of the tangible products for further vocational training of GPs (i.e. GuideBook R5, VET training materials on CD R6,7,11, DocQI online course R8, Guidelines for management of arterial hypertension R10, diabetes mellitus R9). This methodology ensured a holistic approach in developing all project results. Each result may be used separately, but all together create a comprehensive set of materials for GPs teaching and competencies development.
Product Languages English