Dealing with emergencies in rural areas of Europe: proceedings from WONCA Europe 2000

Emerg Med J. 2001 Jul;18(4):305-7. doi: 10.1136/emj.18.4.305.


On 4 July 2000, two workshops on handling emergencies in rural areas of Europe were held at the WONCA (World Organisation of National Colleges and Academies of Family Medicine/General Practice) conference in Vienna under the auspices of EURIPA (European Rural and Isolated Practitioners' Association). Papers submitted covered varying patterns of service provision and examples of short intensive training for emergencies at resident and general practitioner levels. Ways of collecting data routinely for accident prevention were also discussed. The workshops concluded that there was a need for more research in the application of emergency skills, that lack of confidence in dealing with emergencies may contribute to recruitment problems, and that further work towards a document detailing training requirements for emergencies was needed. This will be developed at a EURIPA workshop at WONCA in Tampere, June 2001.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention
  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medicine / education
  • Europe
  • Family Practice / education
  • Family Practice / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*