Policy

The goal of the EQuiP Position Papers are to convince all primary care stakeholders that the opinions presented are valid and worth listening to.


In 2014, EQuiP decided, together with EURACT, to develop an educational agenda for quality and safety in general practice/family medicine based on the Competency Framework for Quality Improvement in Family Medicine (1).

A quality improvement competency framework can provide the basis for a self-assessment tool to help individual family physicians identify their training needs. Just as quality improvement requires health care professionals to be clear about outcomes, family physicians also need to have clear and focused guidelines for choosing their educational goals. A competency framework can also provide an organising structure to guide the development and evaluation of educational programs.

The European Teaching Agenda on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine is divided into three parts:

  • In a general part, an overview of different models of quality and safety competencies in family medicine is given, followed by aims and learning outcomes of quality and safety education. Also, an overview of tools and methods for quality and safety education as well as an overview of the assessment tools and methods for quality and safety education is provided.
     
  • In a competencies part, six quality and safety competencies from the abovementioned framework are described, with the focus on learning objectives, teaching tools and methods and assessment tools and methods. The competencies are: equity and ethical practice, effectiveness and efficiency, continuing professional development, methods and tools, leadership and management, and patient care and safety.
     
  • At the end, a glossary of term is provided.

The European Teaching Agenda on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine is an educational framework for teaching the core competencies of quality and safety at the speciality training level. It is designed to serve as a basis for curriculum developers at the speciality training level to set the learning aims and methods, and the assessment aims and methods. It is not designed as a curriculum and it should not be seen that way.

The European Teaching Agenda on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine was approved and endorsed by EQuiP, EURACT, and WONCA Europe.

The complete The European Teaching Agenda on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine can be found here: http://bit.ly/European-Teaching-Agenda.

Zalika Klemenc-Ketis
EQuiP President
22 November 2019

(1): Czabanowska K et al. Development of a competency framework for quality improvement in family medicine: a qualitative study. J Contin Educ Health Prof 2012; 32(3): 174-80.