Foreword from EFPC
A recent rapid increase in the number of member countries in both the European Union and the WHO European Region, and the growing need to understand more clearly the overall impact on health and public service systems of both the emergent new clinical approaches and service delivery models in contemporary primary health care is reason to provide European policy makers with a clear description on what is lacking in the integration of Public Health and Primary Care.
But also to characterize the possible policy options for the integration of Public Health and Primary Care and to delineate key implementation considerations when policy makers choose for the integration of Public Health and Primary Care.
While as organisations these range internationally from the small general medical practice to multi-specialist polyclinics to public health services with large health promotion programmes, all national health systems share similar pressures for change and development.
The EFPC conference in Graz on the 16th of September will be used to discuss the increasing emphasis on the role of primary care in identifying and managing health problems and to show good practices that can be found everywhere in Europe to integrate Public Health and Primary Care.
At the Graz conference examples from Sweden and hosting country Austria, will be presented. These examples will be underlined by high level key-note speeches from different European Universities and the OECD.
We hope to receive your contribution as well in this timely discussion on how to reach smooth integration of Public Health activities and Primary Care in Europe as an example to the rest of the world.