EFPC Position Paper on Primary Care for the Roma in Europe published

The EFPC Position Paper, coordinated by Danica Rotar and Pim de Graaf, has been published in the Slovenian Journal of Public Health. The online version is now available and emphasises the fact that Roma populations’ have low health status and limited access to health services, including primary care. This has been documented in many European countries, and warrants specific health policies and practices. A variety of experiences shows how primary care can adjust its practices to reduce the barriers to primary care for Roma populations. At local level, establishing collaboration with Roma organisations helps primary care to improve mutual relations and quality of care. Mediation has proved to be an effective tool. Skills training of primary care practitioners may enhance their individual competences. Research and international sharing of experiences are further tools to improve primary care for the Roma people.

Other work on Primary Care for disadvantaged populations like the care for refugees is underway. At the #EFPC2016 Riga conference several workshops will be organized by the EUR-HUMAN project partners and Kate O'Donnell.