Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Improvement of training programs for General Practitioners and teachers in family medicine and their competencies in QI area.
Summary The main objective of the project was to improve the existing training programs for both, GPs and teachers in family medicine and their competencies in the field of QI.
Quality of health care across Europe is increasingly important issue because of growing mobility of both: professionals and patients. We can also observe considerable differences between national systems in ensuring of high quality care. In primary care quality improvement (QI) is a new development. Central and Eastern European Countries are only in the beginning of implementation of QI activities not only in General Practice (GP)/Family Medicine(FM) but also in hospital level. In order to accelerate the speed of adoption of QI and to avoid the repetition of mistakes, GPs from different parts of Europe should be supported by appropriate teaching programmes (at LLL level) in that field, that help them in studying of examples in their fellow countries and adapting it in their everyday practice.
The general intention of the project was to improve the existing training programs for both, GPs and teachers in family medicine (FM) in the field of QI by implementing new innovative didactic tools and methods in existing educational systems in Europe supported by Information/Internet Technology (IT). A description of quality projects undertaken in general practice, presentation of the best examples with analysis of its success factors canould help in informing them about valuable developments. As a result, there was a need of mapping this activities and describing a good practice examples. It gave us the basis for developing the following project results:
- Guide Book containing guidelines on effective development and implementation of QI programmes on EU level.
- new guidelines for the management of: (1) arterial hypertension and (2) diabetes mellitus
- innovative VET program in QI for family medcine teacher
- distance-learning module for GPs - a docQI online course
- innovative tool (a SAQ tool) for measuring the GPs’ educational needs in the field of QI in family medicine as an universal tool that can be used in preparing the appropriate program contents suitable (met their needs) for the particular training groups.
Partnership of the project consisted of 6 Partners from 5 countries: PL, CZ, DK, NL, SI. The partnership was built on the basis of searching of active partners in project area in the EU. All partners have had a wide practical and theoretical experience in teaching and quality improvement themes, necessary to cover project activities and to achieve results envisaged. A various character of partners (universities, associations, SME, international organizations) ensured a complex approach to achieving project goals.
The foreseen impact/outcomes (tangible and intangible) were:
- development of both: GPs’ and trainers' occupational qualifications
- improvement of quality and attractiveness of their training system
- increase the number participants attending the LLL medical education
- improvement of GPs’ experience, knowledge, skills in the field of conducting and incorporating of projects on QI in in the everyday clinical setting
- the improved health care provided.
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
material for open learning
open and distance learning
The project results:
1. Reports on:
- existing training programs in the field of QI in FM (postgraduate and continuous education programs)
- successfully implemented QI projects in GPs’ practice concerning the various CVD aspects
- gaps in educational needs of GPs in the field of QI in family medicine
2. An innovative web-based tool (a SAQ tool) measuring/specifying the required GPs’ educational needs and competiencies in the field of QI,
3. New guidelines for the management of: hypertension and diabetes mellitus for Polish GPs
4. A Guide Book containing presentations of examples of good practice in QI area (with didactic materials)
5. Innovative VET program for GPs’ teachers in the field of QI
6. A distance-learning module dedicated to family doctors/GPs (a DocQO online course)