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Table 4 Most important FP/GPs competences in specific areas of HP&DP.

From: An evaluation of family physicians' educational needs and experiences in health promotion and disease prevention in Poland and Lithuania - a qualitative study

Areas of competences. Main tasks of FP/GPs within the area Sub-areas of competences Most important competences
Area I: Educational
Task: Health promotion
1. Child and maternal health (1) providing continuous care in antenatal, perinatal, early and late childhood; (2) facilitating referrals and consultation to higher level services for complex pregnancies; (3) family planning; (4) running monitoring programmes
  2. Lifestyle (1) planning and implementation of individual and group educational activities alone and in collaboration with practice team members and other specialized services
  3. Environment (1) identifying abnormalities in the family structure and functioning; (2) cooperating with different entities with a stake in health care in maintaining and protecting a healthy environment
Area II: Clinical
Task: Disease prevention
1. Screening (1) organising effective screening in practice; (2) linking screening to treatments available in the health care system
  2. Chronic disease management (1) identifying early stages of chronic diseases (history taking and physical examination); (2) developing and implementing evidence-based strategies in order to prevent complications in chronic diseases; (3) coordinating services provided to patients by specialists and other health care providers; (4) managing co-morbidity, multimorbidity and patient complexity
  3. Preventive interventions (1) identifying individuals at high risk for communicable and non-communicable diseases; (2) providing short-term interventions in addictions; (3) maintaining adequate immunization coverage; (4) counselling for modifying lifestyle/health behaviour; (5) providing referrals to specialists and other services
Area III: Organisational
Task: Provision of services
1. Information (1) gathering and retrieving medical information from practice using IT
  2. Patient relationship (1) communicating with individuals; (2) developing and maintaining good relationships with patients and their families; (3) engaging patients in health promotion and disease prevention programmes
  3. Local communities (1) applying community care measures on a local level to prevent diseases; (2) cooperating with professions involved in providing community care