Call for Abstracts: EQUIP European Patient Safety Conference March 2017

EQuiP Conference - Patient Safety in General Practice: Improving Safety for Everyone in the Practice  
Dates: Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March 2017
Venue: The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Dear colleague,

EQuiP holds an annual conference in rotating venues in Europe on aspects of quality in general practice. The first time we focussed on the theme of Patient Safety in General Practice was at the EQuiP conference in Prague in April 2016, in association with the Czech College of General Practice. One of the key learning points from the conference was that most of the literature and analysis of patient safety has been developed in and for hospital care.

EQuiP believes it is necessary to focus on safety in general practice for a second year in succession, and the venue for furthering this aim is in Dublin in March 2017, in conjunction with ICGP. It is 19 years since EQuiP held a conference in Dublin, so we look forward to this.

The approach towards developing and managing the safety of the care we deliver should be tailored towards our daily work in general practice. We work in an environment of clinical complexity and uncertainty with little diagnostic support for the millions of consultations we provide each year. We work in relatively small independent practices in a changing health system, attempting to provide best practice care and smooth interfaces for our patients with other primary care services and large secondary care facilities.

Through EQuiP, Wonca Europe has begun a movement for safer care in Family Medicine. We encourage you to come and share how you approach aspects of safety for your patients, your staff and yourselves, highlighting the practical challenges and ways to overcome them in Ireland, and in Europe.

Call for abstracts

The ICGP and EQuiP call for the submission of abstracts for oral papers, posters and workshops for the Annual Spring Conference of EQUIP, the European Society for Quality and Safety in General Practice / Family Medicine. EQuiP is a Wonca Europe Network. Wonca is the World organisation of National Colleges and Academic Associations of General Practice.

Keynote presentations, which will be from Ireland, the UK and Europe, will begin each of the themed sessions. Themes for the four half-day sessions over two days include:

#1: The unique context of safety in general practice and its interfaces: Measuring and Monitoring Safety - Which Framework for Primary Care?

#2: How can we make general practice a safer, healthier and more effective place to work, within a changing healthcare system?

#3: Facilitating Safety: Policy & Safety Culture, Education, Involving health system stakeholders in transitional care and practice interfaces

#4: Implementing Patient Safety using Safety Tools & Methods for General Practice, & safer communications involving Patients and the Practice Team


Abstract submission guidelines

Deadline for all submissions: 16th January 2017.

All abstracts need to be submitted and presented in English.


Abstract submissions are split into three categories, please indicate your preference: 1. Oral paper presentations 2. Workshops 3. Posters.

Presenters whose abstracts are accepted must register for the conference and pay the conference fee.

Abstract form for oral presentations, poster presentations and workshops


Programme: Click here for the draft programme

Registration: Click here to register online for the conference. Click here for the bank transfer registration form.

Email to register your interest in receiving emails with updates on registration information, programme information and announcements of speakers.
See for more information, and to submit abstracts for poster presentation, oral paper presentation and workshops.
Dr Piet Vanden Bussche
EQuiP President & GP in Belgium
Dr Andrée Rochfort
EQuiP Honorary Secretary & GP in Ireland