#1 EQuiP Working Group: eHealth
    The WONCA Policy Statement on eHealth was finalized in April 2016 and published in June 2016. The statement emphasizes patient participation and empowerment on electronic platforms, the role of the GP as the coordinator of care enabled by the 'one patient – one record' concept, and secondary use of health data collected in primary care.  
    The WP will promote the implementation of the statement in collaboration with WICC and EQuiP.
    According to a survey for members of WONCA groups in 2014, the most important objective of the WP is to describe the key functionalities that eHealth should provide for family doctors. This topic is discussed in WONCA Europe World Book of Family Medicine 2015 ("How to build an ideal healthcare information system" http://bit.ly/1OVOL5q) and in a presentation at the WICC meeting in 2016 http://bit.ly/2f0khFi.

    #2 EQuiP Working Group: Equity

    The debate on equity in EQuiP network has been ongoing and the theme has been considered in the activities of EQuiP involving the other dimensions of quality. In November 2017, a consensus statement was the result of a series of debates and workshops organized during EQuiP and Wonca conferences and meetings between 2013 and 2017.

      #3 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.

      #4 EQuiP Working Group: Patient Safety

      Dublin Press Releases

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

      #6EQuiP Working Group: Structured Small Group Work in Primary Health Care (SSGWPHC)

      • Read about Adrian Rohrbasser's European endeavours in the EQuiP 4th Newsletter 
      • 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 Structured Small Group Work, SSGW (1)
      • At the conference in Fischingen 2015, the range of components that characterise SSGW 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
      • Beyer’s (2003) survey on Quality Circles in European countries will be updated to describe aims and objectives of SSGW (2)
      • The characteristics of SSGW will be described (3)
      • A realist synthesis will build the foundation for a cook book on SSGW. For facilitators, there will be a training package. For participants, there will be information about the context and process in SSGW. For policy makers, the emphasis will be on intermediate and final outcomes
      • An online library is planned that contains background papers, studies that evaluate SSGW and methodological papers
      • Ethical Principles of SSGW are important for sustainability of SSGW. The EQuiP Working Group will pay special attention to them and summarize the ethical principles that are vital for SSGW 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.

      #7 EQuiP Working Group: Teaching Quality