44 Introducing Social Research Methods In The Postgraduate Program In General Practice Of The Medical University - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Author(s): 
D. Dimitrova, R. Dimova, N. Ivanova
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The healthcare reform in Bulgaria brought about major changes in both undergraduate and postgraduate (PG) programs in medicine and especially in General Medicine. The PG program in General practice of the Medical University - Plovdiv was designed to help the new kind of doctors - GPs improve the quality of their work not only by enhancing their clinical competence but also by introducing a new organizational model. One of the topics in the program was dedicated to the implementation of social research methods in general practice for assessing the needs of the patients and the possibilities for quality improvement.

Focus group discussions with GPs involved in PG education about the implementation of research questionnaires in quality management, assessment of health and quality of life and in differentiating risk groups of patients for promotional activities.

The discussions revealed that the GPs' experience in performing research was quite limited as were their abilities to develop or knowledge of existing research instruments referring to SF(r) Health Surveys. The subject of European projects studying socio-economic aspects of primary healthcare, social networks and social capital was new to the participants in the discussions and most of them expressed doubts about the possibilities for implementation in their practices.

Future enhancements in CME would have to supply necessary information and training for promoting research activities in organizational and quality management in General practice in Bulgaria.
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44 INTRODUCING SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS IN THE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM IN GENERAL PRACTICE OF THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY - PLOVDIV, BULGARIA