Primary-Secondary Care


EAP’s Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) study

EAP’s “Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) in children: a European Study on Diagnosis and Treatment” study has gathered answers from 17 different countries.

Some important results include:

– The existence of general screening in 13 countries, while the remaining for 4 countries work with selective screening processes;
– The use of the Graf method with ultrasound in 75% of the countries;
– A prominent role of paediatricians in the treatment of DDH in only 5 countries.

EAP intends to make a statement regarding screening methods, preferably with other health care professionals; and will contact the European Society of Paediatric Radiology’s Task Force group on DDH to this effect.

Pediatric primary care: a medical home for children with disabilities

A group of representatives from the Dutch Government-funded project Voice of the Patient, together with members of EAP’s Rare Diseases and Primary Care Working Groups, visited the ambulatory paediatric clinic of the Health Centre Dr. Adolfa Drolca in Maribor (Slovenia). The main goal of this mission was to exchange information and good practices on early diagnosis of rare and disabling conditions.

The full visit report can be found here.


About us

Primary Care Paediatrics deals with newborns, infants, children and adolescents in out patient or ambulatory settings like public health clinics, health centers and solo or group practices, under the National Health Service system or privately. It includes all aspects of prevention, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation, extending to the somatic, psychoaffective and social sphere, as well as health promotion and advocacy.

Secondary Care Paediatrics is the management of patients with paediatric problems or condition that require an hospital setting for their diagnosis and / or treatment.