Long Term Care

Better healthcare in care homes

Leader: Rebecca Dreher Katarzyna Szczerbińska


  • To promote the issue of LTC in policy and research agenda of the EU and member countries
  • To promote the implementation of geriatric medicine and related health technologies
  • To promote collaboration and partnership approaches to LTC with other relevant partners
  • To promote capacity building and exchange of experience in LTC education and research
  • To develop and disseminate documents, materials and information to improve quality of LTC
  • To prepare recommendations (with other EUGMS SIGs and initiatives) on different aspects of LTC such as quality, safety and dignity of care etc.
  • To foster international scientific and research collaboration in the field of LTC
  • To communicate and collaborate with national and international activities

N° of Members


Expected method of work

Selected projects decided among our members according to the aims of the group, individually followed through , the end results/publications depending on the nature of the project

a)    Our immediate project in progress is the formulation of a suggestion for desired Core Competencies for LTC physicians. After basic surveys, we have enlisted the support of a PhD student under the direction of Prof Iva Holmerova to further progress this project with the support of SIG members.

b)    Suggestions and preparations for scientific symposia during the annual EuGMS conferences, a continuous fruitful collaboration with AMDA is expected.

First expected outcome and approximate date of completion

This project is in progress. The plan is for a first published paper in 2022

Way of communication among members

Annual meeting, email, for appropriate projects Zoom conferences

Planning of meetings

19th EuGMS International Congress, Helsinki September 20-22 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN - SEPT 20th from 10.30am to 11.30am Helsinki TIME

One Day Symposium - EuGMS SIG on Long Term Care - April 21st

EUGMS annual conferences for general information, update of activities and discussion of ideas. Next Meeting:18th EuGMS International Congress, London September 28-30 - SIG Collateral Meeting - OPEN - SEPT 29th from 05.30pm to 06.30pm UK TIME

November 23 (online) 18:00 CEST – presentation on new BGS document on improving standards of nursing home care, speaker Prof Adam Gordon, and update on curriculum development. 

Publications from SIG

The SIG has been active in producing research and position statements on care and standards in nursing home medicine, including:

  1. Blain H, et al. August 2020 Interim EuGMS guidance to prepare European Long-Term Care Facilities for COVID-19. European Geriatric Medicine 2020; 11(6): 899–913
  2. O'Neill D, et al. COVID‑19 highlights the need for universal adoption of standards of medical care for physicians in nursing homes in Europe
    of medical care for physicians in nursing homes in Europe. European Geriatric Medicine 2020; 11;645-650
  3. Fitzpatrick D, et al. Who are the main medical care providers of European nursing home residents? An EuGMS survey, European Geriatric Medicine, 2019;10(1):135 - 139
  4. Fitzpatrick D, et al. Defining the curriculum for medical care in nursing homes. European Geriatric Medicine 2017;(Suppl 1):116 - s117
  5. Briggs R, et al, Towards Standards of Medical Care for Physicians in Nursing Homes, European Geriatric Medicine 2015;6(4):401-403
  6. Briggs R, et al. Standards of medical care for nursing home residents in Europe. European Geriatric Medicine. 2012;3(6):365-7