Friday 21st April 2017

WONCA News – April 2017
The latest WONCA News (April 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

Mental Health Matters: Highlighting Depression
In this month’s WONCA News, Professor Christopher Dowrick, Chair of the WONCA Working Party for Mental Health writes about Depression, which is this year’s theme for World Family Doctor Day, and he also announces a new clinical resource for consultations.

To help you manage the first, crucial consultation with patients who may be depressed, the Working Party on Mental Health has created an evidence-based guide, which is readily accessible via the WONCA website.

World Family Doctor Day (FDD): 19th May
World Family Doctor Day – 19th May – has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. As noted above, depression is the theme that we have chosen for Family Doctor Day. It was also WHO’s theme for this year’s World Health Day, and WHO has made a number of posters and videos available for general use, and has even produced regional variations of many of the posters. These materials can all be found on the WHO website.

FDD logos and generic WONCA posters can also be found on the WONCA website.

Policy Bite: Valuing, Measuring & Paying for Primary Care’s Foundations: Comprehensiveness, Continuity, & Coordination
This month’s guest policy bite comes from Andrew Bazemore and Robert Philips of the Robert Graham Center, in the USA. The Graham Center aims to improve individual and population healthcare delivery through the generation or synthesis of evidence that brings a family medicine and primary care perspective to health policy deliberations from the local to international levels.The Graham Center team is made up of clinician researchers as well as a variety of social scientists from sociologists to geographers to economists.

Their paper – More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations – can be accessed via the WONCA web link.