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 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 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 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 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.