Learning from International Networks about Errors and Understanding Safety in Primary Care

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Contract/Grant agreement number
: 223424
EC contribution
: € 2,490,000.00
: 48 months
Starting date
: 01/03/2009
: Patient Safety, Primary Care.
Project web-site

The LINNEAUS Euro-PC collaboration is a co-ordination action funded by the European Union Framework 7 programme. The main focus of the co-ordination action is to build a network of researchers and practitioners working on patient safety in primary care the European Union.

Why the focus on primary care?
In many countries in Europe, access to specialist care occurs through the medium of primary or generalist care. In the UK for example nearly 750,000 patients consult their GP each day. In Germany there are nearly 1.5 million visits per day to primary care and in the Netherlands every citizen has nearly 3 consultations with their GP each year. Primary care is therefore a vast organised sector for health care with millions of interaction occurring every day throughout the European Union. Primary care accounts for nearly 80% of the health concerns reported to a physician compared to 5% for hospital care.

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