EQuiP 25 Year Anniversary Articles

As you may know, 2016 was a very special year for Quality and Safety in General Practice/Family Medicine: EQuiP could celebrate its 25th Year Anniversary. For this reason, the Quality and Safety Network launched a campaign where national articles were published all across Europe, telling the tale of EQuiP's endeavours.

Read the 14 Anniversary Articles.


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EQuiP Working Group: eHealth

EQuiP Working Group: Indicators

The EQuiP position paper on measuring quality in health care is a statement for all partners in health care on how patient data should be gathered and used for quality purposes. With this position paper, EQuiP wants to emphasise the ethical dimensions of patient data handling in quality measurement. This should, in all situations, guarantee patients’ privacy and confidentiality in the doctor-patient relationship.

This document, when referring to quality in health care, refers to the degree to which health care systems, services, and supplies for individuals and populations increase the likelihood for positive health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge (IOM definition). When referring to quality measurement of health care, the document includes the collecting, storing and comparing of any data on health care performance and patient health.

EQuiP Working Group: Patient Safety

EQuiP Working Group: Social Media - in close collaboration with Vasco da Gama Movement

EQuiP Working Group: Teaching Quality

EQuiP Working Group: Quality Circles

  • Read about Adrian Rohrbasser's European endeavours in the EQuiP 4th Newsletter (page 7). 
  • Printed poster, Wonca Europe Conference, Copenhagen, June 2016 (PDF, 1MB)
    (Exploring why Quality Circles work in Primary Health Care: A Realist Synthesis)
  • Electronic poster, Wonca Europe Conference, Copenhagen, June 2016 (PDF, 1MB)
    (The development of quality circles for quality improvement in Europe: A qualitative study involving 26 European countries)
  • Electronic poster, Wonca Europe Conference, Copenhagen, June 2016 (PDF, 1MB)
    (The development of quality circles for quality improvement in Europe: A quantitative study involving 26 European countries)


  • Protocol on a realist synthesis on Quality Circles (1)

  • At the conference in Fischingen 2015, the range of components that characterise QCs have been documented and explained, their underlying mechanisms and the local context in which they are conducted were discussed. Read much more about and see PP slides from the Fischingen conference here

  • Beyer’s (2003) survey on QCs in European countries will be repeated to describe their aims and objectives (2).

  • The characteristics of QCs will be described (3).

  • A realist synthesis will build the foundation for a cook book on QCs: for facilitators, there will be a training package; for participants, there will be information about the context and process in QCs; and for policy makers, the emphasis will be on intermediate and final outcomes.

  • An online library is planned that contains background papers, studies that evaluate QC and methodological papers.

  • Ethical Principles of QCs are important for sustainability of QCs. The Working Group will pay special attention to them and summarize the ethical principles that are vital for QCs’ viability.

  • Policy Papers aimed at health insurance companies, administrators and professional bodies

1: Rohrbasser A, Mickan S, Harris J. Exploring why quality circles work in primary health care: a realist review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2013;2(1):110. PubMed PMID: doi:10.1186/2046-4053-2-110.

2: Rohrbasser A, Kirk UB. The development of quality circles for quality improvement in Europe from 2000 to 2015 involving 26 European countries. WONCA Europe 2016; Copenhagen2016.

3: Rohrbasser A, Kirk UB. Characteristics of Quality Circles across Europe. WONCA Europe 2016; Copenahgen. Denmark2016.