Working for more and better primary care in the Baltic Sea Region
“Twenty years have passed since the first contacts were made between Scandinavian GPs and colleagues in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia. Today these Baltic and Nordic colleagues are project partners in ongoing EU projects or have built up a close collaboration between their universities.
One of the earliest initiatives was Forum Balticum, a research-methodological workshop, aimed to stimulate the development of primary care research. In the Baltic countries, academic and clinical family medicine has advanced strongly since then."
“...We have seen great gains in health system efficiency and health outcomes through 20 years of reform in all countries in the Baltic Sea region, many of these led by strong PHC development. However, we do need continued innovation and progress. This includes research, education, quality development, financial incentives, and implementation of new technology. Hence, we have a lot to learn from each other via established and future Baltic Sea region networks. PHC needs to continue to develop its scope and content, and health promotion is essential to reduce the gender gap in life expectancy."
Ref: Wilkens J, Ovhed I , Strandberg E L. Working for more and better primary care in the Baltic Sea Region. Scand J Prim Health Care 2012; 30: 133 — 134.