International Journal of Family Medicine / 2016 / Article / Figbox 1

Research Article

General Practitioners’ Participation in a Large, Multicountry Combined General Practitioner-Patient Survey: Recruitment Procedures and Participation Rate

Box 1

Study design of the QUALICOPC study.
The Quality and Costs of Primary Care in Europe (QUALICOPC) study aims to analyse
and compare how primary health care systems in 35 countries perform in terms of
quality, costs and equity. The researchers of this study are trying to give an answer to
the question what the benefits of primary care are and what effect the strength of a
primary care system has on the performance of health care systems.
Data have been collected in 31 European countries (26 EU countries, Iceland, Norway,
Turkey, Switzerland and Macedonia), Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Data
collection focused on three levels: the health care system, the GP practice and
patients. Data on the health care system are derived from existing sources, such as
the Primary Health Care Activity Monitor (PHAMEU) database [3]. New information
has been collected through surveys among GPs (seen as the main providers of
primary care) their patients and field workers visiting GP practices. Answers to the
questionnaires provide insight into the professional behaviour of GPs and the
experiences of patients.
The study is co-funded by the European Commission under the so-called “Seventh
Framework Programme”, and is carried out by a consortium of six research institutes
from Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The study is coordinated
by NIVEL, the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research.
Source: [4, 5]