Fourth meeting of the Expert Network on Family Practice Development Strategies : report on a WHO meeting, Zagreb, Croatia 24-26 September 1998
AbstractThe Meeting concluded that the development of quality in family medicine/general practice was extremely important, although it was also essential to differentiate between the formal structures needed for national quality assurance monitoring and quality improvement activities at practice or local level. To improve the quality of general practice/family medicine, general practice teaching should become mandatory as part of undergraduate medical education. Extensive continuing education was needed to train general practitioners and other PHC staff for quality development and quality improvement. It was important that information about existing training possibilities, courses, programmes, etc. be effectively disseminated, taking full advantage of new technologies such the Internet. Fellowship systems were needed to support these activities, since training was critical in strengthening PHC. Communication within the Expert Network should be strengthened, and a technologically advanced WHO collaborating centre could act as a resource centre for the Network. The Network needed to be consolidated to help increase its effectiveness, and there was also a need to safeguard the continuity of the membership. As a prerequisite for developing quality in general practice/family medicine, completion of vocational training in the specialty should be the condition for the licence to work as an independent general practitioner in a health service system
Expert Network on Family Practice Development Strategies . Meeting (4th: 1998: Zagreb, Croatia) & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (1998). Fourth meeting of the Expert Network on Family Practice Development Strategies : report on a WHO meeting, Zagreb, Croatia 24-26 September 1998. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108173
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