Primary Health Care in Austria – Tu Felix Austria nube – Concept for networking in the primary care of Upper Austria

Johannes Kriegel, Erwin Rebhandl, Wolfgang Hockl, Anna Maria Stöbich

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Abstract

The primary health care in rural areas in Austria is currently determined by challenges such as ageing of the population, the shift towards chronic and age-related illnesses, the specialist medical and hospital-related education and training of physicians’ as well growing widespread difficulty of staffing doctor’s office. The objective is to realize a general practitioner centered and team-oriented primary health care (PHC) approach by establishing networked primary health care in rural areas of Austria. Using literature research, online survey, expert interviews and expert workshops, we identified different challenges in terms of primary health care in rural areas. Further, current resources and capacities of primary health care in rural areas were identified using the example of the district of Rohrbach. Twelve design dimensions and 51 relevant measurement indicators of a PHC network were delineated and described. Based on this, 12 design approaches of PHC concept for the GP-centered and team-oriented primary health care in rural areas have been developed.

Translated title of the contributionPrimary Health Care in Austria – Tu Felix Austria nube – Concept for networking in the primary care of Upper Austria
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)293-305
Number of pages13
JournalWiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Volume167
Issue number13-14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

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