Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) successfully concluded Day 2 of its Scientific Research Conference which was held this week in support of high quality and innovative primary care in Qatar.  

The theme for this year’s conference, ‘Primary Care Research: Promoting Preventive Interventions, Improving the Quality of Care’, reflects recognition in the rise of chronic preventable conditions influenced by modifiable risk factors in Qatar. By better understanding causes and developing and implementing effective interventions in primary care settings, preventable conditions can be reduced and even eliminated and the quality of care can be significantly improved.

Environment, societal norms, culture, diet and human behaviour influence our health, well-being and disease risk. Of the leading causes of ill health, diabetes and obesity is a major concern in Qatar, the GCC/MENA regions and in other parts of the world. By understanding the underlying risk factors across the age spectrum and applying appropriately targeted, contextualised and effective preventive interventions, the associated co-morbidities will be reduced.

Interventions which have a social impact and which can be translated in primary care and public health practice have economic benefits as well. It is interesting to note that one of the pillars of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is to support interventions which promote health, well-being and prevent disease.

Sharing Insights with International Experts 

PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdul Malik
Dr Mariam Abdul Malik

Nine speakers present a number of topics on prevention and quality of primary care. Key note talks were delivered by Professor Chris van Weel from Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Professor Michael Kidd from the University of Toronto in Canada. Professor van Weel highlighted the importance of promoting preventive interventions in primary care, while Professor Kidd’s presentation focused on improving quality and family practice.

Highlighting the significance of regional partnership, Dr Ahmed Wahabi from the Oman Ministry of Health, said that this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in Qatar is testament to the commitment of both Qatar and Oman to provide excellent healthcare services, and support each other in efforts that will lead to better public health.

As has been the tradition of the PHCC research conferences, the afternoon was allotted for workshops on continuing education. PHCC staff were also given the opportunity to showcase their work through poster presentations.

PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdul Malik, said that creating connections for global insight is an important means of advancing health and wellbeing. She said that ‘a collaborative approach to strengthening primary healthcare in the most inclusive and efficient manner will ultimately result in better physical and mental well-being for populations’.

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