The future of primary paediatric care in Europe: Reflections and Report of the EPA/UNEPSA Committee

S. Barak, A. Rubino, J. Grguric, E. Ghenev, D. Branski, E. Olah

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Background: Changes in the scope of the field of paediatrics and the variability in primary paediatric care (PPC) and practice throughout Europe motivated the European Paediatric Association and Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA/UNEPSA) to establish a working group to discuss definitions of paediatric coverage in terms of age limits, find common denominators in the provision of PPC and examine the challenges and goals of 21st century paediatrics relevant to the continent. These issues were presented at the 2008 Europaediatrics in Istanbul, where a consensus declaration was drawn up and accepted by the EPA/UNEPSA Executive Committee. Aim: To present an outline of the essential elements of the 2008 EPA/UNEPSA Executive Committee consensus declaration. Conclusion: The definition of basic characteristics and the establishment of requirements for optimal PPC and practice are important steps in overcoming the differences among European countries and pave the way for an acceptable formulation of standardized high-quality paediatric medical care in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Ambulatory paediatrics
  • Delivery of care
  • European paediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Training in primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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