USING THE EURACT EDUCATIONAL AGENDA IN TEACHING MENTAL HEALTH CARE CORE COMPETENCIES

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I SVAB 1
1University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
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BACKGROUND: The European definition of general practice/family medicine, which was published in 2002, has defined the eleven key characteristics of the discipline. These characteristics are linked with six core competencies of a family physician, which should represent a starting point for the development of a teaching agenda. EURACT has published an Educational agenda as a document, which should help in developing and defining a curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching of family medicine in Europe.
AIM: Theoretical concepts should be tested in practice in order to prove their validity. This presentation will demonstrate the practical application of the agenda looking at the six competency areas in the context of a teaching case in general practice.
METHOD: This is the case used to illustrate the practical application of the agenda document. On a Saturday morning, a woman brings her 75-year old father to your practice. You know that he is living alone, since his wife has died of cancer 3 months ago. He has missed all his scheduled appointments in the practice for the last six months. Today he looks much worse than the last time you saw him. He is tired. He has lost weight because he lost his appetite. He is dirty and smelling of alcohol.
RESULTS: By applying the six competency areas to this case, practical questions for teaching and learning can be developed, followed by consequences for educational methods and learning outcomes. CONCLUSION: The same methodology can be used with almost any problem encountered in general practice. Practical demonstration of the method and consideration also of three essential application features (contextual, attitudinal and scientific) will lead to a deeper understanding of the core competencies of the discipline.
TARGET AUDIENCE: All General practitioners/ Family Physicians, interested in education and learning.