The organizers together with the editorial board of Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine invite you to participate in the International Conference “Population Health in the Face of Crisis”, which will be held in Wroclaw at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University in Wroclaw at 211 Borowska Street on October 13–14, 2022.
The conference is organized by the Department of Population Health of the Medical University of Wroclaw together with the Polish Society of Public Health. Representatives of scientific societies, national and international organizations in the field of public health, specialists and experts will co-organize and participate in the conference to guarantee the interdisciplinary character of the conference.
The theme of the conference is population health in the face of crisis, with a focus on the population health and the challenges posed to it by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
The hybrid nature of the conference also allows you to participate online.
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Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine took patronage over the 11th EURIPA Rural Health Forum, which will be held in Catania (Sicily, Italy) in Diocesan Museum (Piazza Duomo, Via Etnea, 8 - 95121 Catania) on October 6–8, 2022.
The theme of the event is:
What have we learnt in rural practice to prepare for the next crisis?
Changes in rural primary care from the pandemic.
The Forum – together with your contributions – aims to provide adequate answers to overcome the next crisis and revive “Comprehensive Primary Health Care” especially in rural and remote areas and in light of the critical period the world has been facing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the lack of rural medical education and health workers in rural areas.
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The COVID-19 pandemic which has severely stricken the world in 2020 and in 2021 and which is not completely defeated has not spared rural areas. Even the measures to mitigate the effect of the pandemic, lockdown, social distancing, mass vaccinations, have posed huge challenges to rural primary care.
We are interested in understanding if we are now more prepared for a future crisis which might be not only a pandemic but also which could be related for example to climate change. Along with the main theme of course we are also interested in the classical theme of rural primary care.
Retaining young general practitioners in rural areas is one of the main visions of EURIPA. Preserving our beautiful genuine rural villages, our mountains, our little islands from the abandonment of the population needs also the provision of a good quality primary care. The massive emigration of population from our calm rural areas to troubled suburban “banlieu” with high social disenfranchisement is one of the worst possible future scenarios, which somewhere and sometimes is already happening, creating big social problems. Having good health care in rural areas is not only a Health Problem but also a Public Policy problem.
So far rural doctors have been less prone undertaking research. Barriers to research include lack of protected time, long distances from other colleagues and the feeling of isolation. We think that the advent of new technologies such as fast internet connections, smartphones, Apps and social media may help in everyday practice and help to fight this feeling of isolation. Some of the potentially negative aspects of working in rural and mountainous areas such as the high workload, which sometimes worries the new generations, may, on the contrary, be stimulating and emotionally and professionally rewarding.
Rural doctors have a great potential to contribute to research, but this is often underestimated by themselves. The WONCA Europe definition of our discipline states that doctors when dealing with patients “integrate physical, psychological, social, cultural and existential factors, utilizing the knowledge and trust engendered by repeated contacts”. What is better than a rural setting to explore (and research on) these competences: community orientation, person-centered care, holistic modelling?
The EURIPA vision for the future rural GPs is not one of someone who is always complaining because of the lack of facilities and the feeling of isolation, but of someone who is proud to be a rural family doctor and trying to make to most of it every day.