Given the changing healthcare needs of the Belgian population, the Primary Care Academy (PCA), a research and teaching network of four Flemish universities, six university colleges, the White-Yellow Cross and patient representatives, aims to help create an optimal primary care experience for care receivers, adapted to the context of the community they live in, and with special attention to equity in Flanders.
The PCA focuses on building more comprehensive and interdisciplinary primary care for populations with moderately complex care needs in order to prevent avoidable deterioration and increasing complexity. The PCA promotes goal-oriented care as an innovative strategy for pro-active and person-centred care in an inter-professional collaboration model. Attention is paid as well to the self-management support capacity of the caregiving community by developing a toolbox that enhances the sustainable implementation of self-management support in primary care. The PCA contributes to high quality of care by expanding interdisciplinary care and collaboration, involving and uniting formal and informal care providers, care receivers, experience experts, community and (local) policymakers. To foster the personcentred and community-based approach whilst taking into account the social determinants of health, new models of interprofessional care networks and collaboration will be developed, tested and implemented. Based on academic and practice-oriented research, PCA develops optimal roadmaps and hands-on toolkits for primary care policies, practice and education. These strategies and tools facilitate the implementation of proactive and person-centred primary care for the population experiencing moderately complex difficulties. PCA also creates substantial input into innovative training strategies at the bachelor and master levels as well as in continuing education of health and social care professions. PCA interacts with policymakers from the outset.
Didier Reynaert, Jessica De Maeyer, Catherine De Vos, Benedicte De Koker, Nico De Witte
Roy Remmen (Universiteit Antwerpen)
1/04/2019 - 31/03/2024
Fonds Dr. Daniël de Coninck, oproep 'Chair of Primary Care 2018-2022'
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Universiteit Antwerpen, Faculteit Geneeskunde en Gezondheidswetenschappen, Vakgroep Eerstelijns- en Interdisciplinaire Zorg (ELIZA)
Karel De Grote Hogeschool
Thomas More Hogeschool