PRiPHECi kick-off meeting on May 5 and 6 in Ghent, Belgium confirmed! With confirmed representatives from:

  • Ankara
  • Rotterdam
  • Castellfedels (Spain)
  • Fulda (Germany)
  • Empoli (Italy)
  • Ghent
  • Lisbon
  • Celje (Slovenia)

The overall purpose of this Working Group is to exchange experiences and good practices in the field of primary care and population health, by policy makers, practitioners and researchers in primary care and in municipal health bodies. This may lead to several types of products (papers, research agenda, presentations in conferences, etc.) but most important is the benefit to the participants themselves: support to development of policy and practice by learning from others who work in a different context but with similar responsibilities and challenges. Ideally, each participating city is represented by one staff member of the municipal health and social services department and one member of the EFPC.

Please send a message to the EFPC secretariat if you still want to join; only a few places are still available!

The EMA would like to draw your attention to a reflection paper published recently and for which the views of general practitioners would be particularly valued.

The paper reflects on aspects related with the progression to a simplified universal indication wording in section 4.1 of the SmPCs of medicinal products intended for the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes. Deadline for comments is 3 June 2014.

If you wish you can send your comments as well to the EFPC secretariat which will allow us to make a summary of the input of Primary Care professionals.

 

The European Forum for Primary Care is part of a new European research program developing and testing ways to improve palliative care for older people in nursing homes. The project, Comparing Effectiveness of Palliative Care for Elderly People in Long-Term Care Facilities in Europe (PACE), will start on 1 February and is coordinated by the End-of-Life Care Research Group Free University Brussels (VUB). The £5.5 million, five-year study, funded by the European Commission Framework 7 program, brings together leading academic researchers from six European countries.

This first EU summit on chronic diseases will discuss medical, social and economic benefits of sustainable investments in health, ways to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, and how to strengthen the prevention and management of chronic diseases, with a focus on EU added value and action. Including the presence of Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC coordinator and Prof Jan De Maeseneer, EFPC president who will be the chair of workshop 3 on “Effective frameworks for the prevention and management of major chronic diseases” on day one.

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