The basic aim of the Forum is to improve the European population’s health by promoting strong Primary Care. This is done by monitoring the state of Primary Care in the European countries, by collecting information on conditions that matter for strong Primary Care, and by exchanging experiences. The Forum supports PHC services at local or regional level, influences (health) policies at national and international level (EU, WHO) and supports research.
The Forum connects three groups of interested parties: the health care field, health policy makers, and the producers and evaluators of health care information. These interested parties work at three levels: the local or district level, the national level, and the supra-national level.
By linking policy practice and research the Forum intends to stimulate policy making based on vision and evidence as much as it intends to support PC practice oriented towards quality and equity.
Multilevel forum on European primary care development
||Health care field
||Information and monitoring
||Evaluators of local initiatives
||National colleges, professional associations
||Ministries of Health
||National institutes, university groups
||UEMO, WONCA Europe
||European Union, WHO Europe
||EUPHA section Health Services Research,
European Observatory on Health Care Systems
In addition, the Forum is multiprofessional. Although Family Medicine may be regarded as the core of PC, the participation of other disciplines and professions in PC is indispensable.
It goes without saying that the patient-, or rather, citizen-perspective is underlying the aims and activities of the Forum. Involvement of citizens and patients and their organisations in the Forum is a natural thing to do, since working in Primary Care, be it through service delivery or through research, is about putting the patient in the centre.
The Forum has a message to spread and helps to learn lessons. In this it has strong ambitions and it intends to be well heard and listened to. It is independent from any established interests and will develop, over time, policies to safeguard its independence.