Programme no. 512-SY
Quality Improvement
Creating future Primary Care in Sweden and Nordic countries
Marit Hermansen *1, Thorarinn Ingolfsson*2, Karin Träff Nordström*3, Gabriel Wikström*4, Lars Gehlert Johansen5, Pekka Honkanen*6, Jan De Maeseneer *7, Marina Tuutma*8
1Norwegian College of General Practice,Oslo,Norway, 2Islandic College of General Prcatice,Reykjavik,Iceland, 3Swedish College of General Practice,Stockholm,Sweden, 4Swedish Governement,Stockholm,Sweden, 5Danish College of General Practice,Copenhagen,Denmark, 6Finnish Association of general Practice,Finland,Finland, 7University of Gent,Gent,Belgium, 8Swedish Union of General Practitioners,Sweden
* = Presenting author
Objectives: To highlight the following questions: How do the Nordic countries use the competence and power of the primary care sector for a dynamic future development of the health care system? How can we share knowledge about activities with potential for future development? What are the challenges? What are the obstacles?
Background: The organization and management of primary care differs between the Nordic countries. We can learn from each other when designing the future primary care for sustainable health care. Are the cornerstones of General Practice still relevant – accessible, person/family-focused and with continuity of care?
Content: The symposium begins with Jan De Maeseneer, giving a short summing up of his studies around health care cost effects of continuity in primary care (Provider continuity in family medicine: does it make a difference for total health care costs?). Thereafter representatives from the Nordic colleges of General Practice and the Swedish Association of General Practice will each give a short reflection of the challenges and possibilities of today and in the future, in the different Nordic countries. Based on a presentation by the Minister of Swedish Health Care on cornerstones of Swedish primary care for future development, the participants will discuss development of future primary care/general practice to form a sustainable primary care supporting health for all.
Method: Effects of high quality primary care with examples from different Nordic and European countries will be discussed. Short audience discussion.
Other considerations: None