Organisational Development in Family Medicine
EQuiP provides information on and links to tools and systems for organisational development in family practice, such as the International Family Practice Maturity Matrix (IFPMM) and the European Practice Assessment (EPA).
European Practice Assessment (EPA)
The EPA instrument is an internationally standardized and validated instrument for assessing practice management in primary care practices. It was developed by an international group of researchers, linked to EQuiP, and the Bertelsmann Foundation, Gütersloh Germany. The EPA indicators have been developed in an international study (2001-2004). The national implementation of EPA lies within the responsibility of the individual countries.
During the pilot study 50 practices were included for each country. Since the pilot study, EPA was used in the following countries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Furthermore Romania as a new country has started a pilot study using EPA and several more new countries think of using EPA, or already made project plans (e.g. Saudi Arabia and Qatar).
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International Family Practice Maturity Matrix - IFPMM
The Maturity Matrix is an organisational assessment aimed at stimulating practice-led quality improvement in primary care. To allow this assessment tool to be implemented in different primary care contexts across Europe an international version has been developed and is now being tested in a collaboration between Cardiff University, the European Association for Quality in General Practice (EQuiP), and the Centre for Quality of Care Research (WOK) in Nijmegen. It had been translated and tested in the following countries: Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Kosovo, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom in 2007-2008.
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The EUROPEP instrument is a 23-item validated and internationally standardized measure of patient evaluations of general practice care. An international consortium of researchers and general practitioners, linked to EQuiP, developed the instrument in the years of 1995 - 1998. The instrument has been used in about 20 countries and is available in Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portugese, Swedish, Slovenish, and Turkish.