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Millwood, VA, February 28, 2013

Online Education Program for Physicians to Improve Health Care Quality in Central and Eastern Europe

Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, in partnership with Polish, Slovenian, Dutch and Danish partners has developed an innovative online education program designed for general practitioner physicians in Central and Eastern Europe to improve health care quality.The program, which is called inGPinQI, introduces concepts, models and tools in the area of quality improvement.

Funded by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci Program, the program consists of an online self-assessment tool on quality improvement competency, a curriculum for Vocational Education and Training and a three module interactive online course in quality improvement.

The quality improvement competency self-assessment tool  was developed by Maastricht University in partnership with Project HOPE and other partners.  Using evidence as well as expert and practitioner input from around Europe, the tool was developed in English and translated into Albanian, Czech, Polish, Slovenian and Dutch versions.  The self-assessment tool is now available for practicing physicians, trainers, patients and managers online.

Twenty-five physicians from the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark participated in a training program in Prague on last fall.  The physicians provided input for the further development of the curriculum designed by the Slovenian Institute of Development in Family Medicine.  

“The on-site training was well received by a truly international audience,” said Helena Jungova, Ph.D., Project HOPE’s Country Director for the Czech Republic.

Finally, Project HOPE experts, Ken Rethmeyer, Ph.D., and Judit Csiszar, M.D., developed a three module interactive online training program, which was made available online in January 2013. 

The inGPinQI program is the first online program in the European Union designed specifically for general practitioners on the subject of quality improvement and translated into Central and Eastern European languages such as Polish, Slovenian and Czech, filling a long-existing gap in this area.

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Geraldine Carroll Tel. 540.257.3746 gcarroll@projecthope.org

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