Vibrant Autumn for Family Medicine: Here are the Completed Trainings

The months of September-November 2023 brought together family doctors and nurses in important training sessions related to improving healthcare for the elderly and implementing protocols for non-communicable diseases.

The training on Medical Care for the Elderly is a key training in response to the growing need for care for this age group. The training equips family doctors and nurses with the practical implementation of clinical guidelines and treatment protocols contained in the manual “Medical Care for the Elderly in Primary Healthcare.”

The training includes the discussion of clinical cases related to osteoporosis, falls, dementia, depression, urinary incontinence, nutrition and weight issues, rational drug prescription, and comprehensive geriatric assessment. The training sessions were conducted by the Ryder Albania Association with the participation of selected family doctors and nurses from selected health centres in Tirana, Elbasan, Shkodra, Berat, and Korça.

HAP’s support continues for the prevention and better control of non-communicable diseases. In this context, training sessions have been held for the implementation of treatment protocols for diabetes, hypertension (HTA), dyslipidemia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The training includes important knowledge regarding patient assessment through clinical cases, diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of cases, step-by-step medication and treatment, acute case management, patient education, remote consultation, as well as indicators for monitoring the implementation of these protocols. The training sessions were conducted by experts of the ABC Foundation mobilized by HAP and targeted family physicians and nurses from selected health centres in Tirana, Elbasan, Shkodra, and Korça.

These trainings were conducted following the train-the-trainer model, thereby paving the way for the establishment of Peer Groups in the respective healthcare centres. The goal is for participants to pass on the acquired skills and knowledge to the rest of the medical team.