European PRImary care Multi-prOfessional Researcher network (PRIMORE)

Overall objectives
  • Exchange of research in Europe between the different professional groups and levels of care active in primary care
  • Development of interprofessional research on the organization of primary care with a focus on young researchers from CEE countries
  • Increase of interest and respect for each other’s profession among primary care professionals
  • A growing evidence base for Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC)

All activities will take place on an online platform. Are you an EFPC member or do you intend to join the EFPC and do you want to join the platform, please send a message to the EFPC secretariat in order to receive more information.

Project leader: Diederik Aarendonk
Research coördinators: Maria van den Muijsenbergh, Frode F. Jacobsen, Lorena Dini and Mehmet Akman.
Position Paper coördinators:

  • (A) “Healthy Aging, new concepts at community level”: Frode F. Jacobsen
  • (B) “Mental Health”: Jan De Lepeleire
  • (C) “Organization of Primary Care”: Mehmet Akman
  • (D) “Prison Health”: Anke van Dam
  • (E) “Migrant Health”: Maria van den Muijsenbergh
Online platform coördination: Sophie van den Abeele
  • An established and running network which is mature to continue its’ activities based on the input of members and partners from research, policy and practice, as part of the EFPC association
  • Research results are presented at international conferences and (scientific) journals and new interprofessional research projects have started
  • Five position papers have been written and published in Primary Health Care Research & Development
  • An online platform is running as the central exchange point for European interprofessional primary care research
  • A) Twenty webinars, B) two masterclasses and C) one final conference have been organized

The EFPC does this project in close collaboration with its members like the Centre for Care Research, the NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and the German PORT project members (Patient-Oriented Centers for Primary and Long-Term Care).

PRIMORE phase I started in the autumn of 2018 with funding from the Norwegian Research Council and is from spring 2022 continuing for another 5 years for PRIMORE phase II on the basis of funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


ONCODIR – Evidence-based Participatory Decision Making for Cancer Prevention through implementation research

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancer types and its increased occurrence may be attributable to adverse health behaviors, especially in lower socioeconomic status populations. Stemming from the specific risk factors identified with CRC, ONCODIR integrates multidisciplinary research methods from health policy analytics; social and behavioural science; AI-powered multi-omics and retrospective data analytics as well as decision support theories to deliver evidence-based cancer prevention programmes and innovative AI-powered personalised prevention approaches. ONCODIR recognises that the evaluation of the ONCODIR prevention programmes needs to address cost effectiveness, affordability and cost benefit parameters. Thus it will also investigate cost balancing and demand generating financial schemes that will lead to enhanced CRC prevention programmes. The coherent technological ecosystem that ONCODIR is developing is based on robust AI trustworthiness and privacy preserving principles to deploy recommendation services that will be specified by citizens, health policy actors and SSH experts, during three design thinking workshops. SSH research will address aspects such as the life-status, nutritional and social habits in tandem with Economics, Sociology and Local/Regional Cultural identity and Ethics. ONCODIR’s results will be validated in three Laboratory Integration Tests (LITs) and three Large-scale Intervention Pilots (LIPs) in five EU member states, with the active involvement of medical scientists, health care providers, foundations and consortium experts.

The ONCODIR consortium is coordinated by ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS (CERTH) and composed of 27 complementary partners, coming from multidisciplinary research, technological and SSH domains, with a proven track record of high-quality research capacity. The carefully structured workplan for 42 months, embodies a holistic approach toward meeting the ONCODIR objectives and delivering feasible policy-supporting outcomes of significant exploitation potential. This action is part of the Cancer Mission cluster of projects on ‘Prevention and early detection.

Grant by THE EUROPEAN HEALTH AND DIGITAL EXECUTIVE AGENCY (HADEA) under the European Commission. Grant Agreement


Blueprint alliance for a future hEalth Workforce stratEgy on digital and green skiLLs

Erasmus+ Project

Overall objectives

The BeWell project aims to form an alliance, to build a movement of all healthcare stakeholders supporting and committed to the development, implementation, and upscaling of the strategy on upskilling and reskilling of the European health workforce.

The ultimate project aim is to develop a green and digital skills strategy for the health ecosystem that can be implemented at a local, regional, national, and ultimately at the European level through the Pact for Skills. By addressing the existing skill mismatches and strengthening these competencies, the project will enable the health workforce to be better prepared to face future challenges and adapt to ever-evolving societal contexts. To do this, the project will build comprehensive curricula and training programmes that will target all professionals of the health workforce, including for health students, health professionals (nurses, doctors, operators, managers) and professionals of emerging occupations. The training programmes co-created by universities, VET providers and companies will reach the target populations through initial education and continuing professional development.

The project methodology is developed based on principles to respect and unite the diversity of Europe’s health ecosystem: Patient centeredness; collaboration and co-creation; inclusiveness and diversity; Intersectorality; comparative research; dynamic coverage; digital skills for skill-mix innovations in care integration; green skills, and; environmental sustainability and responsible practice.

The consortium consists of 24 beneficiaries and 5 associated partners from 11 countries. The geographical diversity in partners ensures the representation of different cultural, social, political, educational structures, values and traditions. The partnership brings together a substantial and diverse pool of leaders representing stakeholders in the health sector at regional, national, and European levels.

The project has a duration of 48 months. It starts on 01.07.2022 and ends on 30.06.2026.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the BeWellEU website – a platform for all stakeholders to learn about the project progress and engage in developing the digital and green skills strategy & partnership for the health workforce of tomorrow

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union under Grant Agreement number 101056563.

Download the 1st version of the BeWell skills strategy



P.A.R.A.DI.S.O Program – Participatory Approach for Raise Awareness and Discrimination against Sexual and gender Orientation in healthcare sector

According to World Health Organization, LGBTQI(1) people face barriers regarding their access in health services, because of stigmatization and continuous discrimination. Often, LGBTQI people avoid using provided health services and usually they do not complete the necessary treatment for their health, as they experience stigmatizing [...]


EUR-Human Project (EUropean Refugees-HUman Movement and Advisory Network)

EUropean Refugees-HUman Movement and Advisory Network

Acronym: EUR-HUMAN

Third Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020)
Specific Call HP-HA-2015
Duration: 12 months
Grant Amount: 1,320,113 Euros
Co-ordination by the University of Crete (UoC)
Participating countries:
Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Slovenia, UK


The international refugee crisis has reached a critical point and many European countries are developing policy and plan to better define their role in supporting refugees entering Europe. The aim of this proposal is to enhance the capacity of European member states who accept migrants and refugees in addressing their health needs, safeguard them from risks, and minimize cross-border health risks. This initiative will focus on addressing both the early arrival period and longer-term settlement of refugees in European host countries. The existing European and international experience will be systematically reviewed to identify effective interventions to vulnerable groups and tools for the initial health care needs assessment of the arriving refugees including mental, psychosocial and physical health. Established approaches including Participatory and Learning Action and Normalization Process Theory will be used to gain new understanding regarding the needs and opinions of both refugees and stakeholders in regards to the measures needed for health care assessment, and preventive activities including vaccinations, general health hygiene measures, chronic disease management, and psychosocial support. The content of the services that an early or late hosting multi-disciplinary center could offer in the countries that they will accept refugees will be discussed and defined by an international expert panel. Clinical protocols, guidelines together with health education and promotion material and as well as a training programme will be developed for staff serving the refugees and migrants health care centre and tailored protocols and pilot testing in six implementation settings in Greece, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Austria and Slovenia with contribution from experts and stakeholders from Turkey, Cyprus, Ireland and Belgium. Finally, all these efforts will be evaluated and a final report for implementation in European settings will be produced to guide best practice in this important humanitarian effort.


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