Foreword from EFPC
A warm welcome to the beautiful city of Barcelona for the 5th conference on the Future of Primary Health Care in Europe, this year focusing on “Twinning population health and primary care”.
Primary care operates at the intersection between the health system on the one hand, and the needs of individuals, their families and communities on the other hand. So, undoubtedly, an interprofessional primary care setting is extremely well positioned in order to integrate the targets of population health with the needs of individuals: person-centered and people-centered care!
The topic will be approached from different perspectives: at the nano- and micro-level we will look at the way different professionals try to improve the health of the communities they are working with. At the meso-level, the issue of decentralization will be studied, starting from the Spanish experiences in the decentralized primary care system. At the macro-level the conference will integrate expertise of different disciplines (health economics, health financing experts, health care managers, …). Finally, we will have the opportunity to exchange the EFPC-expertise with the health system department of WHO-Geneva, looking at interprofessional collaboration and education, integration of primary care and social care, use of appropriate health technologies, shared decision making, patient empowerment,…
The conference participants will also have the opportunity to debate the recently published opinion of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH), of the European Commission: “Definition of a frame of reference in relation to primary care with a special emphasis on financing systems and referral systems”.