PRIMORE Masterclass: Interprofessional PC Research

27, 28 & 29 September 2020


This master-class is aiming early career researchers to further develop their professional and research skills. Besides lectures from distinguished speakers, participants will be able to prepare an interprofessional research project under the supervision of experienced mentors. The initial phase of the masterclass will be online learning and group work during the EFPC virtual conference this September (see the program below). Participants will be divided into working groups of maximum 5 people, decide the title and outline of their research proposal. These proposals will be further developed with the guidance of assigned mentors for each group. Completed and approved final work will be presented orally in the first face-to-face meeting of EFPC. Furthermore, participants are also welcome to seek partners and promote their research proposal in the PIE platform. At most 20 participants will be allowed to participate. Priority will be given to candidates from the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the goal is to have multi-professional participation. For application, please use the registration form below and provide your short bio (affiliation, profession, work and research experience). You will be informed about your participation shortly after the 22nd of September.

For further information, please email to EFPC secretariat

Deadline for application is 22/09/2020.


To emphasize the importance of interprofessional primary care research and to develop 4 different research project proposals enabling interprofessional collaboration.


Online lectures, mentoring, small group work, learning through experience

How to do:

  1. Creating interprofessional working groups
  2. Identifying the knowledge gaps and needs of each group and defining the group targets
  3. Structuring the research methodology around the selected research question
  4. Fine-tuning the project in contact with the mentor (after the 2 days online course)
  5. Research proposal presentations (first online meeting)
  6. Presenting the proposals on PIE platform and search for partners and funding.

Day 1: 27/9 Sunday

13:30-14:00 Introduction of the EFPC by Andrea Canini with special attention to the You&EFPC
14:00-14:45 Lecture 1: Anders Baerheim: Philosophical aspects of interprofessional primary care research and learning
14.45 – 15:30 Lecture 2: Dineke Smit: Ethical and complex issues in primary care research
15:30-15:40 Short break
15:40- 17:00 Meeting the mentors: Startup for the research project.  Small groups lead by Dineke Smit, Mehmet Akman,  Leen De Coninck and Anders Baerheim 
Evening and next morning Free study time for group discussions (Research Question: making a choice)

Day 2: 28/9 Monday

13:30-14:00 Feedback and reflection on experience
14:00-14:45 Lecture 1: Leen De Coninck: Closing the gap between scientific research and clinical practice. Clinical guidelines as a tool.
14.45 – 15:30 Lecture 2: Frode Jacobsen & Mehmet Akman: Research methods including the added value of mixed-method
15:30-15:40 Short break
15:40- 17:00 Meeting the mentors: methodology. Small groups lead by Dineke Smit, Mehmet Akman, Leen De Coninck and Anders Baerheim 
Evening and next morning Free study time for group work (Methodology: how to structure research proposal)

Day 3: 29/9 Tuesday

16:00-17:00 Meeting the mentors: Wrap up and activity plan. Small groups lead by Dineke Smit, Mehmet Akman, Leen De Coninck and Anders Baerheim 

Mehmet Akman (Marmara University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine | TAHEV (Turkish Foundation of Family Medicine))

Prof. Mehmet Akman (Turkish national) is an academician working in the field of primary care. He has a family medicine background and received a master degree in public health. Prof. Akman has extensive experience as a tutor in under and post graduate medical education and as a researcher and clinician in the field of primary care. He is member of several national and international organizations and working groups such as EFPC advisory board member from 2013 to 2019,   European representative of WONCA Working Party on Research and associate editor of Primary Healthcare Research and Development journal.  He is the leading or co-author of more than 50 national and international articles published in peer reviewed scientific journals on several subjects such as, health systems research, child and adolescent health, medical education, Chronic disease management in primary care and obesity.

Anders Baerheim (University of Bergen)

Anders Barheim (1948) is a professor emeritus in family medicine at the University of Bergen, Norway. He created in 2012 the Centre for Interprofessional Workplace Learning at the University of Bergen. The Centre is engaging all health and social students at the University and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, in all 1000 students a year. He is a member of The Research Group for Medical Education. His current main research area is interprofessional learning, using social theories as analytical instruments.

Leen De Coninck (KU Leuven; Artevelde University of Applied Sciences; OTEurope)

Leen De Coninck is a Belgian academician working in the field of gerontology. She studied occupational therapy, orthoptics and gerontology and is currently finishing her doctoral studies in the field of primary healthcare. With this background she is convinced of the added value of interprofessional teams in primary care.  She is a member of the OTEurope, an organization that brings together clinicians, researchers and educators in occupational therapy. Development and implementation of Evidence Based Healthcare is her professional passion. She is involved in several Belgian governmental organizations on EBP and clinical guideline, and this as well on the level of education and development, as on validation.

Dineke Smit (Radboud University, social sciences, Netherlands)

Dineke Smit has started her carrier as a psychiatric nurse, studied philosophy of science and graduated in ethics. She works as a director of a foundation, which informs and supports citizens with mental health problems. She is secretary of the EFPC working group mental health. Dineke focused as a researcher on the subject “how can the experienced complexity of practice be researched?” using complexity science and mixed methods. In research she combines primary care, philosophy of science, ethics and complexity sciences. She published e.g. about primary care psychology, mental healthcare from a Christian perspective, the complexity of healthcare fraud and is co-author of the EFPC Position Paper Mental Health 2020.

Frode Jacobsen (Center for care research,Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)

Frode F. Jacobsen is a social anthropologist and a nurse, with a doctoral degree in social anthropology from the University of Bergen in 1997. The bulk of his research up to 2008 has dealt with culture and health systems, based on fieldwork in Northern Sudan, Indonesia, Jordan, Bolivia and Norway. His work since 2008 has mainly involved research on older people’s care, much of it comparative across Europe and North America. He has primarily worked with social science methods, employing mainly qualitative methods and mixed-methods designs. He is working as a professor and director of Center for care research at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and professor II at VID Specialized University, Norway.

Mehmet Akman

Anders Baerheim

Leen De Coninck

Dineke Smit

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