Foreword from EFPC
Welcome to the first EFPC-conference in a Baltic state: “Cross-cutting informal care and primary care”, welcome in the beautify city of Riga, and a special welcome to the young primary care experts, the brand new You&EFPC group!
This 2-days international conference unites people committed to primary care from different backgrounds: informal carers, pharmacists, patients/citizens, general practitioners/family physicians, hospitals, nurses, health insurers, policymakers in order to strengthen the bridge between professional and informal care.
Apart from technological and scientific evolutions, socio-economic developments, with an increasing social health gradient between the rich and the poor, increasing diversity in the populations we serve, there is the undeniable fact that there are more people with chronic conditions and especially with multi-morbidity, presenting multiple problems.
Health systems try to find solutions to this challenge, building health systems that are based on relevance, equity, quality, person- and people centeredness, cost-effectiveness, sustainability and innovation.
Although – at least in policy statements – everybody agrees that the patient is in “the driver’s seat” in the care process, there is still a lot of “top-down” communication between providers and patients, and especially informal caregivers are too often at a side-line when it comes to the development of the health care system.
This conference will take a closer look at how in different settings, regions and countries, informal care interacts with professional primary care, and how this interaction can be improved. Special attention will be given to deprived and vulnerable groups that very often are not supported by “informal caregivers”.