THE GPTOPIA HEALTHCARE DECLARATION
VdGM Pre-conference, GPtopia, June 14th and 15th 2016
In the course of two days, about 200 young and emerging family doctors have discussed the challenges
general practice is facing: electronic communication and internet medicine, quality of care for patients
with chronic diseases, rural medicine, international health, how to be a leader, how to be a workshop
facilitator, family violence, and research in primary health care. For each topic, the working groups have
presented three messages, one of which has been selected by joint decision to be part of the final
“As new and upcoming general practitioners, we commit ourselves to the following statements in our
daily work with patients, in research and in quality improvement.”
Electronic Health Communication and Internet Medicine
To ensure responsible use of advanced medical technologies in order to provide health care and
preserve human doctor-patient relationship, to avoid overdiagnosis and selfmedication, data has
to be managed with respect.
To ensure retention, recruitment and training of GPs in rural areas in GPtopia, we have to develop a
Rural GP Web. This includes professionel, educational, social and financial support.
Quality of Care for Patients with Chronic Diseases in Family Medicine
Focus on targeted screening and patient education in order to achieve better care.
Refugee participation: We want refugees to be able to do what they do best. For refugee empowerment
and for integration in society it is fundamental for refugees to participate on a professional level. We will
welcome and consider every refugee as an individual and a resource.
VdGM-EGPRN Research Workshop
Promoting mentoring and collaboration between junior doctors and mentors by increasing communication
between GPs and other specialists inside universities and by developing an online European network.
Family Violence Workshop
We will work for a clear, organized collaboration network which includes primary care, social services,
police, justice and others, creating clear pathways with well defined roles and responsibilities, all committed
against Family Violence.