October 1, 2016 - Newsletter 2

Dear GP/FM colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to the 22nd WONCA Europe Conference that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from June 28 to July 1, 2017.

On-line abstract submission

We would like to announce, that WONCA Europe Conference 2017, Prague, is already 2 months opened for abstract submission. Abstract submission deadline is on December 31, 2016. More information

On-line registration

We are pleased to announce that you can now register online.
Select your registration fee, pay before December 31, 2016 and benefit from the early registration fee.

Note from the Scientific Programme Committee chair

The overall theme of the conference is „Growing together in diversity“.

Scientific Committee has chosen 6 main themes, which are actually relevant for all European GPs/FMs. These themes define course of our Conference. They should facilitate the orientation for colleagues potentially submitting abstracts and they will be also addressed by invited keynote speakers.

But ...do not feel limited if your topic does not perfectly fit to any of these themes, because in our hierarchy there are also 41 sub - themes dealing with 1. global issues, describing 2. our discipline and profession and 3. GP/FM clinical management from a wider perspective.

Everybody meets his/her topic for sure.

What are 6 main themes of our conference?

1. Integrated primary care – does it function?

Primary care has a central role in integrating care within a health system. We need a comprehensive, integrated approach to service delivery. We need to fight fragmentation. Integration is about the organization of various tasks which need to be performed in order to provide a population with good quality health services.

2. GP and chronic disease management

Worldwide, the prevalence of chronic disease and risk factors for their development are increasing and placing greater demands on health care systems. It is estimated that chronic diseases currently account for 70%. The burden of chronic diseases is tremendous, and traditional methods of healthcare delivery are unsuitable for addressing patients´ needs. Chronic disease management has emerged as a new challenge for chronic disease care in primary care setting as GPs are the pillar of any modern functional and effective health system.

3. IT and GP

Technology continues to develop rapidly and is increasingly being applied to medicine, applications are now available for mobile devices, which can monitor patients’ health in real time. New developments occur rapidly and it is likely that these will modify the classic paradigms of a doctor patient contact. Doctors need to learn how to incorporate these new technologies into their work whilst at the same time remaining focused on the patient and their needs.

4. Early cancer diagnosis/risk assessment

Most symptoms of cancer have more common benign causes in general practice. Further, cancers in general practice often present initially with more subtle non-specific symptoms. GPs must balance the risk of later diagnosis against over-investigation of patients who are unlikely to have cancer, with resultant costs to the patient and to the health care system, and potential harms from invasive tests including over-diagnosis of incidental low-risk cancers.

5. Communication traps in GP

Patient-physician communication is an integral and essential part of general practice. When done well, such communication produces a diagnostic and therapeutic effect for the patient, when not................tell us Your experience and how did You deal with problems that emerged from real professional life?

6. How to make general practice the first choice discipline in graduates

Recruitment to general practice is a significant current challenge. In the changing climate of general practice reform, we need to know what students' current attitudes towards general practice are. We think that it is vital to persuade students early on that general practice can be a stimulating and rewarding career with numerous opportunities for specialist interests and front-line medical care.

In June 2016 we addressed all networks and SIGs and we would appreciate them to share with colleagues their „actual know how“ and field of their interest. We are curious what are the burning issues they tackle. We would like to invite these all networks and SIGs to arrange sessions (symposiums and workshops) within each of their specific areas.

The GP/FM colleagues from Czech Republic are very proud to invite you all to Prague in June 2017. We are looking forward to share experience and meet new friends – researchers, teachers, organizers and general practitioners across the Europe and we will grow in diversity together.


Prague, City of a Hundred Spires, a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Get to know it in person!

The Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. The winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, which you know from the novels ofFranz Kafka, steeped in the legend of the Golem. Cafes enticing you to come and have a seat, boutiques and sight-seeing cruises on the Vltava. The Gothic Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. The Palace Gardens set away from the bustle of the city, Petřín with a lookout tower reminiscent of a small Eiffel Tower and Prague Castle …

Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners. It is time to get acquainted.

Conference Secretariat
GUARANT International spol. s r.o.
Na Pankraci 17, 140 21 Prague 4, Czech Republic

Phone: +420 284 001 444
Fax: +420 284 001 448
E-mail: wonca2017@guarant.cz

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