Netherlands, Nijmegen

Global Challenges in Healthcare: the Dutch Primary Healthcare Perspective

when 1 August 2016 - 5 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 400

Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) has a long history of research, teaching and post graduate training of primary care specialists. It also has a unique network of allied practices and institutions in primary healthcare.
This Summer School offers a comprehensive introduction to the practice of primary care. Aging population and increasing costs of healthcare threaten the sustainability of current health care systems. It is widely accepted that primary care is able to provide solutions to these changing demands.

Primary care in perspective
For many years, primary healthcare has played a crucial and successful role in the unique Dutch healthcare system:

General practitioners have life-long relationships with patients and treat the vast majority of health problems without referring to hospitals. They have intimate knowledge of the occupational and personal context of their patients and utilize this knowledge to provide continuous and patient centred care. This is especially important in vulnerable patients such as elderly patients, patients with domestic violence (in their history), mentally challenged patients and migrants. We will use the care and cure for these groups to illustrate the importance of primary care.
The Dutch primary health care system has changed considerably over the past years in order to improve integration of health care services, mainly for the elderly. Efforts have been made to make care more sustainable and less harmful for patients, and to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.
The Netherlands is worldwide the only country where chronic care for elderly people with the most complex multi morbidity is provided by Elderly Care Specialists. These physicians traditionally used to work in nursing homes, but since elderly people are expected to remain living at home for a longer time, these specialists are now expanding into the community.
Other primary care specialists with deep knowledge of certain patient groups are Physicians for the mentally challenged, participating in this course.Lecturers and workshops in the morning, several patient cases in context

Program outline

The organization of Dutch healthcare
Elderly care and multi morbidity
Culture and healthcare, refugees and migrants
Domestic violence
Care for the mentally challenged

In the afternoons you will be working in groups with these themes and assignments. You will be able to visit a Primary Care Health Centre and the Primary Care out of hours facility. This week will finish with your presentations for Dutch students and staff.

Course leader

Dr. G. Busser
Coordinator clerkships and (post)graduate elective courses family medicine.
Coordinator International Contacts, Family Doctor & (Junior) Principal Lecturer
Department of Primary and Community care

Target group

This course is designed for advanced bachelor and master students with a special interest in Primary Care. It will also be of interest for professionals/lecturers from other countries with a strong developing Primary Care. This course will be of special interest for students and/or staff members from our NPHC network. See

Course aim

After this course you are able to:
- Describe basic principles of primary care medicine in several European countries.
- Describe current developments in several primary care specialties, in organization as well as in theoretical concepts
- Engage in a discussion about the role of primary care in sustainable health care systems especially for the most vulnerable groups in society.

Fee info

EUR 400: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)