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  1. Research article

    Internists‘ career choice towards primary care: a cross-sectional survey

    Swiss primary care (PC) is facing workforce shortage. Up to 2011 this workforce was supplied by two board certifications: general medicine and internal medicine. To strengthen them against subspecialties, they...

    Nathalie Scherz, Stefan Markun, Vera Aemissegger, Thomas Rosemann and Ryan Tandjung

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:52

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  2. Research article

    Understanding type 2 diabetes mellitus screening practices among primary care physicians: a qualitative chart-stimulated recall study

    Early diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can prevent future health problems, yet many individuals with these conditions are undiagnosed. This could be due, in part, to p...

    Dina Hafez, Daniel B. Nelson, Evan G. Martin, Alicia J. Cohen, Rebecca Northway and Jeffrey T. Kullgren

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:50

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Provider and patient perspectives on opioids and alternative treatments for managing chronic pain: a qualitative study

    Current literature describes the limits and pitfalls of using opioid pharmacotherapy for chronic pain and the importance of identifying alternatives. The objective of this study was to identify the practical i...

    Lauren S. Penney, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Lynn L. DeBar, Charles Elder and Richard A. Deyo

    BMC Family Practice 2017 17:164

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Promoting independence, health and well-being for older people: a feasibility study of computer-aided health and social risk appraisal system in primary care

    With population ageing, research is needed into new low-cost, scalable methods of effective promotion of health and wellbeing for older people. We aimed to assess feasibility, reach and costs of implementing a...

    Kate Walters, Kalpa Kharicha, Claire Goodman, Melanie Handley, Jill Manthorpe, Mima Cattan, Steve Morris, Caroline S. Clarke, Jeff Round and Steve Iliffe

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:47

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Association of general psychological factors with frequent attendance in primary care: a population-based cross-sectional observational study

    Whereas several studies have examined the association between frequent attendance in primary care and illness-specific psychological factors, little is known about the relation between frequent attendance and gen...

    André Hajek, Jens-Oliver Bock and Hans-Helmut König

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:48

    Published on: 24 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Exercising alcohol patients don’t lack motivation but struggle with structures, emotions and social context - a qualitative dropout study

    Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, the development of which is a relapse prevention strategy for those with alcohol use disorder. However, it is a challenge to create exercise intervent...

    Sengül Sari, Ashley Elizabeth Muller and Kirsten K. Roessler

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:45

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Out of hours care in Germany - High utilization by adult patients with minor ailments?

    Family practitioners (FPs) who work in Out-Of-Hours Care (OOHC) - especially in rural areas – complain about high workload related to low urgency and potentially unnecessary patient presentations with minor ai...

    R. Leutgeb, P. Engeser, S. Berger, J. Szecsenyi and G. Laux

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:42

    Published on: 21 March 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2017 18:64

  8. Research article

    Impact of a continuing medical education meeting on the use and timing of urgent cancer referrals among general practitioners - a before-after study

    Detection of cancer in general practice is challenging because symptoms are diverse. Even so-called alarm symptoms have low positive predictive values of cancer. Nevertheless, appropriate referral is crucial. ...

    Berit Skjødeberg Toftegaard, Flemming Bro, Alina Zalounina Falborg and Peter Vedsted

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:44

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Exploring why a complex intervention piloted in general practices did not result in an increase in chlamydia screening and diagnosis: a qualitative evaluation using the fidelity of implementation model

    Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England; approximately 70% of diagnoses are in sexually active young adults age...

    R. Allison, D. M. Lecky, K. Town, C. Rugman, E. J. Ricketts, N. Ockendon-Powell, K. A. Folkard, J. K. Dunbar and C. A. M. McNulty

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:43

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  10. Research article

    “Was that a success or not a success?”: a qualitative study of health professionals’ perspectives on support for people with long-term conditions

    Support for self-management (SSM) is a prominent strand of health policy internationally, particularly for primary care. It is often discussed and evaluated in terms of patients’ knowledge, skills and confiden...

    John Owens, Vikki A. Entwistle, Alan Cribb, Zoë C. Skea, Simon Christmas, Heather Morgan and Ian S. Watt

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:39

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Barriers and facilitators to use of non-pharmacological treatments in chronic pain

    Consensus guidelines recommend multi-modal chronic pain treatment with increased uptake of non-pharmacological pain treatment modalities (NPMs). We aimed to identify the barriers and facilitators to uptake of ...

    William C. Becker, Lindsey Dorflinger, Sara N. Edmond, Leila Islam, Alicia A. Heapy and Liana Fraenkel

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:41

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  12. Research article

    Self-monitoring of health data by patients with a chronic disease: does disease controllability matter?

    There is a growing emphasis on self-monitoring applications that allow patients to measure their own physical health parameters. A prerequisite for achieving positive effects is patients’ willingness to self-m...

    Martine W. J. Huygens, Ilse C. S. Swinkels, Judith D. de Jong, Monique J. W. M. Heijmans, Roland D. Friele, Onno C. P. van Schayck and Luc P. de Witte

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:40

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Heart failure labelled patients with missing ejection fraction in primary care: prognosis and determinants

    It is common to find a high variability in the accuracy of heart failure (HF) diagnosis in electronic primary care medical records (EMR). Our aims were to ascertain (i) whether the prognosis of HF labelled pat...

    Miguel-Angel Muñoz, Xavier Mundet-Tuduri, Jordi Real, José-Luis Del Val, Mar Domingo, Ernest Vinyoles, Ester Calero, Caterina Checa, Nuria Soldevila-Bacardit and José-María Verdú-Rotellar

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:38

    Published on: 17 March 2017

  14. Research article

    Antibiotic overuse for acute respiratory tract infections in Sri Lanka: a qualitative study of outpatients and their physicians

    Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) are a common reason for antibiotic overuse worldwide. We previously showed that over 80% of outpatients presenting to a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka with influ...

    L. Gayani Tillekeratne, Champica K. Bodinayake, Thushani Dabrera, Ajith Nagahawatte, Wasantha Kodikara Arachchi, Anoji Sooriyaarachchi, Kearsley Stewart, Melissa Watt, Truls Østbye and Christopher W. Woods

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:37

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  15. Research article

    General practitioners’ perceptions of population based bowel screening and their influence on practice: a qualitative study

    Although largely preventable, Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. General Practitioners (GPs) have an important role to play in prevention and early detection of bowel cancer, ...

    Greer Dawson, Melanie Crane, Claudine Lyons, Anna Burnham, Tara Bowman, Donna Perez and Joanne Travaglia

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:36

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  16. Research article

    What do young Australian women want (when talking to doctors about contraception)?

    Access to most contraceptives in Australia requires a prescription from a doctor, and it has been shown that doctors can influence women’s decision-making with respect to contraception. However, little researc...

    Denisa L. Goldhammer, Catriona Fraser, Britta Wigginton, Melissa L. Harris, Deborah Bateson, Deborah Loxton, Mary Stewart, Jacqueline Coombe and Jayne C. Lucke

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:35

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  17. Research article

    Training on domestic violence and child safeguarding in general practice: a mixed method evaluation of a pilot intervention

    Children’s exposure to domestic violence is a type of child maltreatment, yet many general practice clinicians remain uncertain of their child safeguarding responsibilities in the context of domestic violence....

    Natalia V. Lewis, Cath Larkins, Nicky Stanley, Eszter Szilassy, William Turner, Jessica Drinkwater and Gene S. Feder

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:33

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  18. Research article

    Criteria in diagnosing nocturnal leg cramps: a systematic review

    Up to 33% of the general population over 50 years of age are affected by nocturnal leg cramps. Currently there are no generally accepted clinical characteristics, which identify nocturnal leg cramps. This stud...

    Joannes Hallegraeff, Mathieu de Greef, Wim Krijnen and Cees van der Schans

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:29

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  19. Research article

    Using self-reported data on the social determinants of health in primary care to identify cancer screening disparities: opportunities and challenges

    Data on the social determinants of health can help primary care practices target improvement efforts, yet relevant data are rarely available. Our family practice located in Toronto, Ontario routinely collects ...

    A.K. Lofters, A. Schuler, M. Slater, N.N. Baxter, N. Persaud, A.D. Pinto, E. Kucharski, S. Davie, R. Nisenbaum and T. Kiran

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:31

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  20. Research article

    Nurses’ and pharmacists’ learning experiences from participating in interprofessional medication reviews for elderly in primary health care - a qualitative study

    Traditionally, drug prescription and follow up have been the sole responsibility of physicians. However, interprofessional medication reviews (IMRs) have been developed to prevent drug discrepancies and patien...

    H. T. Bell, A. G. Granas, I. Enmarker, R. Omli and A. Steinsbekk

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:30

    Published on: 28 February 2017

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