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It will be one of the themes of a significant European conference focusing on ‘Patient Safety — Practice Safety’ that will take place in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in early March.
The 2017 European Association for Quality and Safety in General Practice (EQuiP) conference is being hosted by the ICGP and organisers are seeking abstract submissions by 16 January.
“We are looking for GPs, trainees, CME tutors, university departments around Ireland and also from people outside general practice to submit abstracts around the topics,” Dr Andrée Rochfort, Honorary Secretary of EQuiP and ICGP Director of Quality Improvement, told MI.
The conference has a number of key focuses, including clinical uncertainty and missed diagnosis.
“It is about the nature of general practice, which hinges on clinical uncertainty,” said Dr Rochfort.
“More and more patients have chronic conditions, multi-morbidity, multi-pharmaceutical preparations. So a complex patient comes in with a symptom; is it significant or is it not? Is it related to their chronic conditions? Or is it related to their medication?
“So it is extremely complex and full of uncertainty. And that is one of the focuses of the conference. The other side of that coin is, what is the psychological impact of this diagnostic uncertainty on the GP?”
Dr Rochfort said the area of patient safety in general practice has traditionally not received a significant amount of study, but the conference in March will welcome international and national speakers who will address this area.
“We wish to attract Irish GPs to this conference as presenters and as conference delegates, to learn and share information on patient safety together with European GP colleagues,” she added.
The four themes of the conference are the unique context of safety in general practice and its interfaces; how general practice can become a safer, healthier and more effective place to work; facilitating safety; and implementing patient safety using safety tools and methods.
EQuiP European Patient Safety Conference: 3 and 4 March 2017. Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. For more information, see www.icgp.ie/equip.