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Table 2 Important actions to strengthen general practice/family medicine (GP/FM) in Europe (Final score = mean score minus 1 SD on a 9-point Likert scale, 1 = strongly disagree on importance, 9 = strongly agree, n = 30 respondents)

From: Strengthening general practice/family medicine in Europe—advice from professionals from 30 European countries

  Mean score SD Final score
Actions to strengthen GP/FM as an academic discipline
 To keep family doctors as leaders of GP/FM departments – the teaching process and decision making 8.36 0.99 7.37
 To train academic staff, to run “Training of Trainers” 7.96 1.35 6.61
 To create a network of GP/FM university departments 7.89 1.29 6.60
 To develop staff and invest in academic development, motivate young staff to build an academic career 7.66 1.08 6.58
 To invest in research and common research projects 7.60 1.45 6.15
 To build a strong scientific society 7.83 1.74 6.09
Actions to develop GP/FM as a specialty
 To build the same level of specialty as other disciplines 8.29 1.54 6.75
 To know existing statement papers and create a common list of documents, bibliography and selected readings 7.57 1.45 6.12
 To introduce a mentor system with one to one teaching and create a list of tutors for teaching 7.39 1.52 5.87
 To list competencies for undergraduate level 7.39 1.69 5.70
 To establish common learning objectives 7.25 1.65 5.60
 To make GP/FM attractive - “sexy” 6.89 1.69 5.20
 To introduce a special course on GP/FM for first year students and early clinical exposure 7.00 1.87 5.13
Actions to influence decision makers
 To have strong leaders 7.89 1.32 6.57
 To remind that to prepare doctors for primary care is a priority for Ministry of Health and universities 7.82 1.36 6.46
 To create a link between academics and policy makers 7.23 1.63 5.60
 To find a “right person” to get in touch with Minister of Health, rector, etc. – direct your efforts to decision makers 7.11 1.71 5.40
 To use public opinion for political pressure 7.10 1.71 5.39
 To find what are the patient’s needs and make patients our partners 6.96 1.44 5.32
 To stress the cost- effectiveness 7.07 1.84 5.23
 To involve media to show leaders and/or popular persons 6.75 1.53 5.22
Organizational work
 To look at what specific help individual countries need 7.54 1.31 6.24
 To empower EURACT, make transparency and visibility 7.32 1.49 5.83
 To collaborate with other organizations 7.10 1.61 5.49
Personal work
 To keep working and proving yourself 7.68 1.43 6.18
 To work on good examples 7.36 2.20 5.16
  1. Importance = Final score > 5.0