The research agenda for general practice/family medicine and primary health care in Europe. Part 1. background and methodology 1

Eva Hummers-Pradier, Martin Beyer, Patrick Chevallier, Sophia Eilat-Tsanani, Christos Lionis, Lieve Peremans, Davorina Petek, Imre Rurik, Jean Karl Soler, Henri Ejh Stoffers, Pinar Topsever, Mehmet Ungan, Paul Van Royen

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At the WONCA Europe conference 2009 the recently published 'Research Agenda for General Practice/Family Medicine and Primary Health Care in Europe' was presented. The Research Agenda is a background paper and reference manual for GPs/ family doctors, researchers and policy makers, providing advocacy of general practice/family medicine GP/FM in Europe. The Research Agenda summarizes the evidence relating to the core competencies and characteristics of the WONCA Europe definition of GP/FM, and its meaning for researchers and policy makers. Evidence gaps and research needs are pointed out to provide a basis for planning research for which there is a need and for action that may influence health and research policy, i.e. applying/lobbying for research funds. WONCA Europe and its associated networks and special interest groups could consider the agenda's research priorities when planning future conferences, courses, or projects, and for funding purposes. The European Journal of General Practice will publish a series of articles based on this document. In this first article, background, objectives, methodology and relevant literature are discussed. In subsequent articles, the results will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-250
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of General Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The EGPRN and the authors of the research agenda should like to thank WONCA Europe for funding several meetings as well as the costs of layout and printing of this paper.

Funding Information:
All authors are members of EGPRN and active in its committees. Additionally, EHP is member of the WONCA Europe Executive Board. The Research Agenda was supported solely by EGPRN and grants from WONCA Europe.


  • General practice/family medicine
  • Research agenda


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