14 - 16 November 2018

Call for Abstracts

Dear young and senior rural general practitioners, dear researchers,

Welcome to the 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum. The conference will be hosted in Maale Hachamisha, Israel on November 14th – 16th Wednesday to Friday 2018 (Save the date). This important conference is being organized jointly by the Israel Association of Family Physicians and EURIPA. The IAFP has substantial experience in hosting conferences and events including the EGPRN meeting in Tel Aviv in 2016 and the Vasco Da Gamma Forum in Jerusalem in 2016.

The theme of our 2018 EURIPA Rural Health Forum is “The challenge of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine” featuring the challenges that rural general practitioners face all over Europe and other continents. Our theme attempts to address the demands of a challenging world and recognizes the health inequalities among and within rural regions in Europe. A holistic approach to health, patient centeredness, together with the four dimensions of quality Primary Health Care (PHC) (continuity, accessibility, comprehensiveness and coordination) have never been more necessary for rural societies.

This year’s EURIPA Rural Health Forum is expected to be full of new ideas and strong networking of rural GPs, young researchers, academicians and stakeholders. The informative workshops, the innovative scientific sessions, discussion panels, and the interactive activities organized by our scientific committee will offer a unique experience to conference attendees. The local beauty, the hospitality culture and spirits of the Holy-land you found in this rural resort which is a short travel from Jerusalem will for sure make this year’s EURIPA Rural Health Forum memorable.

Your role is considered substantial in order to maintain the vision of EURIPA towards strengthening the networks of young and seniors rural GPs, enhancing general practice in rural areas and embracing the unique characteristics or rural practices. These are expected to contribute to the establishment of a comprehensive public health policy and the revival of the rural spirit. Several aspects of GPs and patients daily problems, facilitators and barriers towards holistic healthcare in remote populations, needs and expectations for enhancing primary health care and practical interventions in rural settings will be discussed.

If you are practicing in a rural area for just a short period of time or you have taken this as a life-long commitment, if you are a young or highly experienced researchers, or a promising healthcare professional (i.e. nurse, midwife, social worker, physiotherapists etc), or a medical student, especially if you are a policy maker or community leader involved in rural health and social care organization, we are looking forward to receiving your contributions to the scientific content of our EURIPA Rural Health Forum(please see abstract call below).

We look forward to welcoming you to Israel with great hope that this year’s Forum will serve as the first step towards a better treatment of the vulnerable and ageing population in rural medicine.

Prof. Shlomo Vinker MD, MHA
Executive Board member, WONCA Europe and EGPRN
Chairman, Dep. of Family Medicine and Vice Dean, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Chief Medical Director, Leumit Health Services

Ferdinando Petrazzuoli MD, MSc
EURIPA Scientific Board

Chairs of the Scientific Committee, 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum

Sody Namir

Division of Community Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba And Clalit Health Services, Israel
Chair of the Organizing Committee, 8th EURIPA Rural Health Forum

Abstract Call

Submit your abstract by sending it to the website

Guidelines for Abstract Submission of Oral Communications and Posters

Abstract structure

Max. 300 words (provide a word count):
Please use the following headings:

  1. Title (less than 10 words)
  2. Keywords (less than 4)
  3. Introduction or background (what is already known in the literature, what is still unexplored and what new knowledge will be provided by your study)
  4. Rationale, purpose of the study and research question (the primary purpose of your study)
  5. Subjects and method (the study design, the setting, the participant(s), the intervention)
  6. Results (primary outcome of your study, or expected if the study is still in progress)
  7. Conclusion (describe the potential impact and usefulness of your study in a rural setting)

Assessment criteria for oral communications and posters

Is it relevant for rural general practice? YES / NO (If NO: The priory is lower)

Each item will be scored: 0 to 5

  1. Title and keywords
  2. Introduction: clear and relevant
  3. Rationale, purpose and research question: clear and well defined
  4. Subjects and method: appropriate (including criteria of qualitative and quantitative study)
  5. Results
  6. Conclusion: answer to the research question

Assessor’s judgment taking into account

Both the scoring system and your presenter’s preference:

Further selection process

The anonymized abstracts will be peer reviewed by two reviewers:

Guidelines for Abstract Submission of a Workshop

Abstract structure

Max. 300 words (provide a word count):

Please use the following headings:

  1. Title (max 10 words)
  2. Keywords (max 4 words)
  3. Authors and contact person. Who will be attending and leading the workshop?
  4. What is the justification (situation, new skill, public health problem, etc.)?
  5. What is the objective of the workshop?
  6. Describe the organization of the workshop?
  7. What type of participation will you be requiring of delegates attending the workshop?
  8. At the end of the workshop, what are the expected outcomes for participants? General practice? Rural practice? EURIPA?

Assessment criteria for workshops

Is it relevant for general practice? YES NO (If NO: The priory is lower)

Each item will be quoted: 0 to 5

  1. Rationale (needs to be served),
  2. Methods (educational tools and approaches),
  3. Expected results (skills acquired)
  4. Impact of workshop (on research, education and health policy).

Assessor’s judgment taking into account

Both the scoring system and your presenter’s preference

Further selection process

Guidelines for Abstract Submission of a Research in Progress

Case report or professional experience

If you are uncertain, you can submit your abstract and the Scientific Committee will assist you.

Please use the following headings:

Max. 300 words, (provide a word count)

  1. Title (max ten words)
  2. Keywords (max 4 words)
  3. Describe the situation, background, context of the study. Purpose of the research?
  4. What is the rationale, what is interesting in your study for your general practice? Rural practice? EURIPA?
  5. What do you think will be the potential impact of your study? What support do you need from the scientific committee?

Assessor’s judgment taking into account

Both the scoring system and your presenter’s preference

Further selection process

The anonymized abstracts will go through a review process that is done by a group of two reviewers.