EFPC 2015 Conference | Integrated Primary Care: Research, Policy & Practice


To all of you committed to the development of primary health care: welcome at the EFPC-conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where the European Forum for Primary Care started 10 years ago.
The past 10 years have seen important changes in primary health care: increasing multi-morbidity, requiring a switch from vertical disease-oriented programs towards horizontal integrated person-centered approaches. There is a paradigm-shift from disease-oriented towards goal-oriented care. Moreover, citizens/patients have a stronger voice in health care and participate in care-design.
But the last 10 years have also seen important societal challenges: the financial and economic crisis has affected resources available for health care and impacted fundamentally the lives of lots of European citizens. At the policy-level, the European cooperation faces difficult times and international solidarity is urgently needed to find answers for the increasing numbers of migrants looking for a better future.
In this context, what can be an appropriate organisation of primary care in Europe? How can we learn from the past in order to better prepare the future? , “Can primary care save Europe”?
The expertise and enthusiasm of the participants and the inspiring environment of a country that has very often been a front runner in primary care, will help us to find answers. Enjoy the conference, enjoy Amsterdam.

Conference: 31 August & 1 September 2015

Tobacco Theatre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Key-note Speakers

Eric van der Burg – Responsible for Health and Welfare, Sports and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management, District of Zuid.

Alderperson Eric van der Burg is responsible for Health and Welfare, Sports and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management, District of Zuid.
Eric van der Burg has been active in Amsterdam politics since 1987 – initially as a local council member and a portfolio holder in the District of Zuidoost, then served as a city councillor between 2001 and 2010. In July 2014, Van der Burg began his second term as alderperson. He is responsible for the portfolios of Health and Welfare, the Elderly, Sport and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management and the District of Zuid.
In his first term as alderperson, he managed to retain the personal budget and he launched a successful programme for fighting childhood obesity. During this term, he also played a leading role in the preparations for the three decentralisations in Health.
In addition, he was in charge of the personnel reform in the City of Amsterdam, which led to a smaller and results-orientated organisation with an expected reduction of 3,000 FTEs. In the area of sports, Amster

Prof Chris van Weel – Professor of General Practice and head of the Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University, Nijmegen 1985 – 2012.

Areas of expertise
Public Health And Health Services
Primary Health Care
Preventive Medicine

Research interests
Morbidity in the primary care community, multi-morbidity, long-term outcome of primary care, primary care research capacity building.

– General Practitioner, Rotterdam, Ommoord Health Centre 1973 – 1985.
– MD Leiden University, 1973
– PhD Erasmus University Rotterdam, October 7, 1981
– President World Organization of Family Doctors, Wonca, 2007 – 2010
– Officer Order of Oranje-Nassau, 2007
– Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Ghent, Belgium, 2003
– Honorary Fellow Royal College of General Practitioners, UK, 1991
– Honorary Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australia, 2007
– Maurice Wood Award, North American Primary Care Research Group, 2008
– Member Executive Global Alliance of Chronic Lung Diseases, GOLD 2004 – 2010
– Member International Editorial Advisory Board Lancet, 1996 – 2006.

Dr Ellen Nolte – Coordinator of the two London offices of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, respectively at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

She holds a PhD from London University and a Master’s degree in public health (MPH) from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.
Her expertise is in health systems research, international healthcare comparisons and performance assessment. She combines this expertise with experience in the systematic analysis of population health indicators across European countries, including the application of demographic and epidemiological approaches to understanding factors contributing to population health outcomes.
She has published widely on health system performance assessment, European health policy and population health assessments both in the international peer-reviewed literature and the wider literature. Ellen was previously Director of the Health and Healthcare Policy programme at RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK.

Isabelle Moulon – Head of Patients and Healthcare professionals department, EMA

Qualified medical doctor from the University de Grenoble, France, specialising in endocrinology and metabolic diseases. Post-graduate studies in nutrition, statistics and methodology.Worked as a clinical endocrinologist in hospital until 1987 and then joined the Directorate of Pharmacy at the French Ministry of Health. She worked for the pharmaceutical industry from 1992 to 1995 before joining the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 1995. She was responsible for Scientific Advice until December 2000 and was appointed Head of Sector for Safety and Efficacy of Medicines in January 2001. Since 2004, she has been developing the interaction with patients and healthcare professionals and was appointed Head of Patients and Healthcare Professionals Department in December 2013. She is co-chair of the EMA patients’ and healthcare professionals working parties.


John Øvretveit – Director of research at the Karolinska Institutet Academic Medical Center LIME/MMC unit

That implementation and resources are the keys to improvement is what John says he has learned from his 35-years as a healthcare clinician, improver and researcher. He is director of research at the Karolinska Institutet Academic Medical Center LIME/MMC unit in Sweden, and Professor of Health Implementation Improvement and Evaluation. John’s work is based on the belief that organisation and management can bring out the best as well as the worst in people, and that the right implementation and organisation design is critical for effective healthcare. Much of his work uses different social sciences to explain and predict events and processes in health care and clinical practice. He was awarded the 2014 Avedis Donabedian International Quality Award for his work on quality economics.
John is a Norwegian-Brit with expertise in the fields of health service quality, health management, organisation, evaluation, inter-professional cooperation and health reforms. Formally professor of health management and policy at the Nordic School of Public Health and Bergen University Medical Scholl, he has undertaken health evaluation and development projects in a number of African countries, Yemen, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Baltic countries and the USA.

Metka Žitnik Šircelj

Born on 1.10.1984 in Ljubljana, studied in Health Faculty of Ljubljana, studying for master’s degree at Faculty of Health Care Jesenice
Research interests
– Patient attitude towards nurse practitioner
– Impact of nurse practitioner on patients
– Impact of prevention

Working experience
– Community nurse, Community Health Center Grosuplje 2005-2006
– Nurse practitioner, Community Health Center Ljubljana 2006→
– External collaborator teacher, Secondary School of Nursing Ljubljana 2012→

Professional pursuits
– Member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Group of Nurses and Health Technicians in family practice
– Member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Group of Nurses and Health Technicians in Pulmonology
– Member of the SLONDA working group – NANDA nursing diagnoses for application in Slovenian nursing
– Member of the working group of nurse practitioners in model practice under the national project Towards Better Health and Reducing Inequalities in Health of Slovenia

Assist.Prof. Tonka Poplas Susič – MD, PhD

She was involved in several international research projects (Homevisit in general practice, ECATOD, WHO – phase IV, IATPAD, Montenegro Health System Improvement Project) and in research projects in Slovenia (Qualitative analysis of reports from Medical Faculty students about practical work in family practice, Feasibility of application of contemporary Information Technologies for communication with patients in a family practice).
Dr Poplas Susič was a Slovenian representative in Wonca Europe 2003-2010, delegate in UEMO 2008-2012, and is a member of INEBRIA and Euract.
In Slovenia, she held a position of a vice president/president of The Professional board of family medicine in the period 2005-2011, vice president of Family medicine association (2005-2013) and is a member of The Principal professional board at the Slovenian Medical Association since 2002. In period 2008-2010, she was a president of Committee for Primary Health Care at the Slovene Medical Chamber.
At the Ministry of Health, she is a member of Commission for the rational use of antibiotics, member of the Committee for patient waiting lists and a member of the Committee for accreditation of health institutions. She is a counsellor/leader at the national project of Model practices and also a vice-president of the Health Council (an advisory board to the Ministry of Health).
Furthermore, she is a president of the Drug Committee at the National Insurance institute and actively teaches, since she is also a tutor and lecturer for students and vocational trainees in family medicine


Scientific Committee

Prof Jan De Maeseneer, EFPC Chair
Prof Peter Groenewegen, EFPC Executive Board member
Prof Robbert Huijsman, Zilveren Kruis
Marc Bruijnzeels, Jan van Es Instituut
Viktoria Vivilaki, EFPC Advisory Board
Laura Pelisier, Uni Pompeu Fabra
Alina Dudele, Riga Health Centres
Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC

Organising Commitee

Marianne van Lancker, Secretary EFPC
Diederik Aarendonk, Coordinator EFPC
Charlotte Hazewinkel, Intern EFPC