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Multi Country Study Visit organised for the WHO headquarters in Geneva
The European Forum for Primary Care has organized in close collaboration with the WHO (Geneva) a study visit to Ghent (Belgium) and London (the United Kingdom) for the WHO's Site-Based Learning Programme. The aim of the programme was to disseminate the principles of the World Health Report 2008: Primary Care Now More Than Ever by visiting "best practices" in primary care to WHO participants. Besides the exchange and dissemination of experience and knowledge the objectives of this activity were:
Details of the Programme
Evaluation by the participants
The overall impression of the participants was that the length of the programme was in line with their expectations and what is feasible within their own work- responsibilities back home. From the perspective of the programme it was not possible to make it shorter as there is a need to get acquainted with the group and the subject which leads to a better understanding of the topic towards the end of the week.
The overall content was evaluated as good. The site visits have confronted the participants with interesting aspects of health system development and in particular for primary care. The experts involved were of high level and gave information that was new for the participants.
A gap in the programme was the lack of preparation before entering the Site Based Learning Programme (SBLP). The participants were not at all familiar with the principles of the WHR 2008 so did not know what they could expect from the programme content wise. The time allocated to present the key-principles was clearly insufficient and could only function as a rehearsal of information picked up already prior to the SBLP. In the normal set-up the SBLP will be part of a larger training framework where participants have already been confronted with the principles of the WHR 2008 through workshops and e-learning modules.
The observation of consultations at the Botermarkt were evaluated as very valuable. A different set-up by having one person doing the consultations and another being in the conference room for commenting the consultations, could have facilitated the continuation of the programme. The involvement of other professionals within the practice visits would be an improvement of the programme. The visit to the other group practice was evaluated as interesting. The flexibility in providing those practice visits that are requested by the participants was welcomed very much.
The practice visits at the Caversham group, joining the professionals during their consultations with patients, were evaluated as very positive.