About the organisation
Basic details : The European Forum for Primary Care was initiated in early 2005 by a group of interested parties from several countries. The aim of the Forum is to improve the health of the population by promoting strong Primary Care. This is done by advocating for Primary Care, by generating data and evidence on Primary Care and by exchanging information between its members. The Forum seeks to expand its membership and thereby to become a leading force for strengthening Primary Care in Europe.
Mission : The primary aim of the Forum is to improve the European population's health by promoting strong Primary Care. This is done by monitoring the state of Primary Care in the European countries, by collecting information on conditions that matter for strong Primary Care, and by exchanging experiences. The Forum supports PHC services at local or regional level, influences (health) policies at national and international level (EU, WHO) and supports research.
The Forum connects three groups of interested parties: the health care field, health policymakers, and the producers and evaluators of health care information. These interested parties work at three levels: the local or district level, the national level, and the supra-national level. By linking policy practice and research, the Forum intends to stimulate policy-making based on vision and evidence as much as it wants to support PC practice oriented towards quality and equity.
Vision : Strong Primary Care (PC) produces better health outcomes against lower costs. That is the briefest summary of available scientific evidence. By promoting strong PC the population's health can be improved. Strong PC does not emerge spontaneously. It requires appropriate conditions at the health care system level and in actual practice to make PC providers able and willing to take responsibility for the health of the population under their care. A key element is an effective collaboration with well organised secondary care. Everywhere in Europe, the process of strengthening PC is ongoing, with a broad diversity in the way PC is organised. Therefore, Europe is in a sense a laboratory landscape of experiments for organising primary care. There is a strong need to collect and share information about what structures and strategies matter. This is a support to practitioners but will also provide the evidence to convince policymakers at different
Structure : Membership based Association
Otterstraat 118, 3513 CR - Utrecht, NL
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