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  1. Content type: Research article

    Malnutrition (specifically undernutrition) in older, community-dwelling adults reduces well-being and predisposes to disease. Implementation of screen-and-treat policies could help to systematically detect and...

    Authors: Philine S. Harris, Liz Payne, Leanne Morrison, Sue M. Green, Daniela Ghio, Claire Hallett, Emma L. Parsons, Paul Aveyard, Helen C. Roberts, Michelle Sutcliffe, Siân Robinson, Joanna Slodkowska-Barabasz, Paul S. Little, Michael A. Stroud and Lucy Yardley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:100

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    Asthma, a common yet complex airway disorder affecting about 11% of Australians, is well-controlled in only 54% of people with asthma. Those with difficult-to-treat and severe asthma are more likely to experie...

    Authors: Isla Hains, Josh Meyers, Kirsten Sterling, Jeannie Yoo, Helen Reddel and Clare Weston

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:99

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    Next to the well-known micro- and macrovascular complications, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremities referred to as limited joint mobility (LJM),...

    Authors: Login Ahmed S. Alabdali, Jasmien Jaeken, Geert-Jan Dinant and Ramon P. G. Ottenheijm

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:98

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Shared medical appointments (SMAs), or group visits, are a healthcare delivery method with the potential to improve chronic disease management and preventive care. In this review, we sought to better understan...

    Authors: Kim H. Wadsworth, Trevor G. Archibald, Allison E. Payne, Anita K. Cleary, Byron L. Haney and Adam S. Hoverman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:97

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Family doctors can fulfill the gatekeeper duty to protect the residents’ health, which depends on their work competency and stability. The study aimed to identify factors influencing work competency and stabil...

    Authors: Shanshan Liu, Luan Wang, Tao Zhang, Chengjun Liu, Hong Liang, Yimin Zhang and Dongfeng Guo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:95

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    For many patients, the general practitioner (GP) is the most important point of contact for obtaining information about a wide range of health topics. However, patients with different characteristics may seek ...

    Authors: Monika Oedekoven, Wolfram J. Herrmann, Clemens Ernsting, Susanne Schnitzer, Melanie Kanzler, Adelheid Kuhlmey and Paul Gellert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:94

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Developed countries have widely implemented a gatekeeping system as a core policy of primary care, also known as the system of first visit in the community. As gatekeepers, general practitioners are responsibl...

    Authors: Cuiying Liang, Jie Mei, Yuan Liang, Ruwei Hu, Li Li and Li Kuang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:93

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing use of medical records to measure quality of care, studies have shown that their validity is suboptimal. The objective of this study is to assess the concordance of cardiovascular care p...

    Authors: Cynthia Khanji, Mireille E. Schnitzer, Céline Bareil, Sylvie Perreault and Lyne Lalonde

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:92

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The benefit of a “diagnosis” of pre-diabetes in very elderly patients is debated. How clinicians manage pre-diabetic blood results in these patients is unknown. This study aims to understand how clinicians are...

    Authors: Patrick Burch, Thomas Blakeman, Peter Bower and Caroline Sanders

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:90

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  10. Content type: Research article

    General practitioners increasingly use point-of-care ultrasonography despite a lack of evidence-based guidelines for their appropriate use in primary care. Little is known about the integration of ultrasonogra...

    Authors: Camilla Aakjær Andersen, Annette Sofie Davidsen, John Brodersen, Ole Graumann and Martin Bach Jensen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:89

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbid patients may experience a high burden of treatment. This has a negative impact on treatment adherence, health outcomes and health care costs. The objective of our study was to identify factors asso...

    Authors: Lilli Herzig, Andreas Zeller, Jérôme Pasquier, Sven Streit, Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Sophie Excoffier and Dagmar M Haller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:88

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Does an intervention designed to foster patient-centered communication and shared decision making among GPs and their patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus reduce the level of HbA1c.

    Authors: Anja Wollny, Attila Altiner, Anne Daubmann, Eva Drewelow, Christian Helbig, Susanne Löscher, Michael Pentzek, Sara Santos, Karl Wegscheider, Stefan Wilm and Christin Löffler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:87

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Strengthening the coordination, continuity and intersectoral cooperation for cancer patients’ during cancer treatment is being underlined by international guidelines and research. General practitioners have as...

    Authors: Theis Bitz Trabjerg, Lars Henrik Jensen, Jens Søndergaard, Jeffrey James Sisler and Dorte Gilså Hansen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:86

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Strengthening primary care is considered a global strategy to address non-communicable diseases and their comorbidity. However, empirical evidence of the longer-term benefits of capacity building programmes fo...

    Authors: Paibul Suriyawongpaisal, Wichai Aekplakorn, Borwornsom Leerapan, Fatim Lakha, Samrit Srithamrongsawat and Suparpit von Bormann

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:85

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Although patients in Germany are generally free to choose their primary healthcare provider, this role should mainly be assumed by general practitioners (GPs). While some predictors of the frequency of use of ...

    Authors: Judith Tillmann, Marie-Therese Puth, Klaus Weckbecker, Manuela Klaschik and Eva Münster

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:84

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Older adults suffer from various chronic conditions which make them particularly vulnerable. The proper management of multiple drug use is therefore crucial. The aim of our study was to describe drug prescript...

    Authors: Marina Guisado-Clavero, Concepción Violán, Tomàs López-Jimenez, Albert Roso-Llorach, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Miguel Angel Muñoz and Quintí Foguet-Boreu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:82

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Primary Care Plus (PC+) is an intervention where patients consult specialists in a primary care setting outside the hospital. Two facilities have been founded in the city of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Main a...

    Authors: Paul Smeele, Mariëlle E. A. L. Kroese, Marieke D. Spreeuwenberg and Dirk Ruwaard

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:81

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Primary care is a central element of healthcare and addresses the main health problems of the population. While primary care gains in importance due to an aging population, there is an ongoing debate on physic...

    Authors: Kim-Sarah Krinke, Ulla Tangermann, Volker Eric Amelung and Christian Krauth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:80

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Research underpinning the patient experience of people with chronic conditions in Australian general practice is not well developed. We aimed to ascertain the perspectives of key stakeholders on aspects of pat...

    Authors: Hyun Jung Song, Sarah Dennis, Jean-Frédéric Levesque and Mark Fort Harris

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:79

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The nurse-led chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-Guidance Research on Illness Perception (COPD-GRIP) intervention was developed to incorporate illness perceptions into COPD care with the intention to improv...

    Authors: Marieke Zwakman, Saskia W. M. Weldam, Sigrid C. J. M. Vervoort, Jan-Willem J. Lammers and Marieke J. Schuurmans

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:78

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Patients with anemia are frequently encountered in primary care. Once anemia is detected, it is essential to define the type and identify the underlying cause prior to initiation of treatment. In most cases, t...

    Authors: Anders Larsson, Lena Carlsson, Bo Karlsson and Miklos Lipcsey

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:77

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbidity poses a challenge for decision-making processes and requires that more attention is paid to patient goals, preferences and needs; however, goal setting is not yet widely recognised as a core asp...

    Authors: Neeltje Vermunt, Glyn Elwyn, Gert Westert, Mirjam Harmsen, Marcel Olde Rikkert and Marjan Meinders

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:76

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The national guideline for sore throat, endorsed by the Danish Society of General Medicine, recommends the use of the modified Centor score and streptococcal rapid antigen detection test to guide diagnosis and...

    Authors: Kasper Basse Reinholdt, Maria Rusan, Pernille Rosbjerg Hansen and Tejs Ehlers Klug

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:75

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  24. Content type: Research article

    UK guidelines recommend a ‘routine offer of HIV testing’ in primary care where HIV diagnosed prevalence exceeds 2 in 1000. However, current primary care HIV testing rates are low. Efforts to increase primary c...

    Authors: Joanna M. Kesten, Charlotte F. Davies, Mark Gompels, Megan Crofts, Annette Billing, Margaret T. May and Jeremy Horwood

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:74

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Rising healthcare costs due to unnecessary referrals to secondary healthcare services underscore the need for optimizing current referral procedures. This study investigates whether the use of web-based consul...

    Authors: Thomas van der Velden, Bianca W. M. Schalk, Mirjam Harmsen, Guido Adriaansens, Tjard R. Schermer and Marc A. ten Dam

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:73

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In 2015, Portugal was the OECD country with the highest reported consumption of BZD. Physician’s perceptions and attitudes regarding BZD are main determinants of related prescription habits. This study aimed t...

    Authors: Inês Teixeira Neves, Joana Sara Silva Oliveira, Milene Catarina Coelho Fernandes, Osvaldo Rodrigues Santos and Vasco António Jesus Maria

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:71

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Pelvic floor disorders including urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are common conditions; however, most women with these symptoms do not seek care. Failure to seek care may be related t...

    Authors: Chi Chiung Grace Chen, Jacob T. Cox, Chloe Yuan, Lauren Thomaier and Sonia Dutta

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:70

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The number of dementia patients in Japan is projected to reach seven million by 2025. While modern ethicists have largely reached the conclusion that full disclosure of dementia serves the best interest of pat...

    Authors: Michiko Abe, Shinji Tsunawaki, Masakazu Matsuda, Christine T. Cigolle, Michael D. Fetters and Machiko Inoue

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:69

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  29. Content type: Research article

    General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in securing and coordinating appropriate use of healthcare services, by providing primary and preventive healthcare and by acting as gatekeepers for secondary health...

    Authors: Ellen Rabben Svedahl, Kristine Pape, Marlen Toch-Marquardt, Lena Janita Skarshaug, Silje-Lill Kaspersen, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard and Bjarne Austad

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:68

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  30. Content type: Research article

    National guidelines recommend patients with suspected transient ischaemic attack (TIA) should be seen by a specialist within 24 h. However, people with suspected TIA often present to non-specialised services, ...

    Authors: Duncan Edwards, Grace M. Turner, Satnam K. Virdee and Jonathan Mant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:67

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are common in primary care, with a spectrum from mild to moderate and chronic MUPS. The burden of chronic MUPS is high, and early identification of ...

    Authors: Paula Elisabeth van Westrienen, Martijn Frits Pisters, Cindy Veenhof and Nicolaas Johannes de Wit

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:66

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Dementia is often underdiagnosed in general practice, which may be based on general practitioners’ (GPs’) knowledge and emotional factors as well as external problems. This study aimed to describe GPs’ attitud...

    Authors: Stéphanie Giezendanner, Andreas U. Monsch, Reto W. Kressig, Yolanda Mueller, Sven Streit, Stefan Essig, Andreas Zeller and Klaus Bally

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:65

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy is an increasing problem, leading to increased morbidity and mortality, especially in older, multimorbid patients. Consequently, there is a need for reduction of polypharmacy. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Stefan Zechmann, Cosima Trueb, Fabio Valeri, Sven Streit, Oliver Senn and Stefan Neuner-Jehle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:64

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  34. Content type: Research article

    While multiple myeloma (MM) is a rare diagnosis within primary care, its precursor MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) is more common, particularly among older populations. Upon first det...

    Authors: Charlene M. McShane, Blain Murphy, Olinda Santin and Lesley A. Anderson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:61

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Changning District of Shanghai pioneered in implementing Family Doctor and Medical Insurance Payment Coordination Reform. The survey aimed to assess the effect of the reform to provide a decision-making basis ...

    Authors: Jiaoling Huang, Wei Lu, Luan Wang, Tao Zhang, Chengjun Liu, Shanshan Liu, Hong Liang, Yimin Zhang and Dongfeng Guo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:60

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Longstanding variation in the views of family physicians (FPs) on the role of opioids seems to translate into widely varying prescribing rates. Improvement interventions are unlikely to achieve change if they ...

    Authors: L. Desveaux, M. Saragosa, N. Kithulegoda and N. M. Ivers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:59

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Right bundle branch block is one of the most common electrocardiographic abnormalities. Most cases of right bundle branch block are detected in asymptomatic patients in primary care, so a correct interpretatio...

    Authors: M. Alventosa-Zaidin, G. Pera, C. Roca Saumell, N. Mengual Miralles, M. V. Zamora Sanchez, T. Gros Garcia, L. Guix Font, M. Benitez Camps, J. Francisco-Pascual and J. Brugada Terradellas

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:58

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Patient portal secure messaging (asynchronous electronic communication between physicians and their established patients) allows patients to manage their care through asynchronous, direct communication with th...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Hefner, Sarah R. MacEwan, Alison Biltz and Cynthia J. Sieck

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:57

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Serious infections in older people are associated with unplanned hospital admissions and high mortality. Recognising the presence of a serious infection and making an accurate diagnosis are important challenge...

    Authors: Sara McKelvie, Abigail Moore, Caroline Croxson, Daniel S. Lasserson and Gail N. Hayward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:56

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In routine practice, general practitioners (GPs) see many patients for whom treatment might not be necessary, or evidence-based treatments are not available, yet often a treatment is prescribed. We denote such...

    Authors: Agnes Ostermaier, Niklas Barth, Antonius Schneider and Klaus Linde

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:55

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Heterogeneity of population health needs and the resultant difficulty in health care resources planning are challenges faced by primary care systems globally. To address this challenge in population health man...

    Authors: Shi Yan, Benjamin Jun Jie Seng, Yu Heng Kwan, Chuen Seng Tan, Joanne Hui Min Quah, Julian Thumboo and Lian Leng Low

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:54

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Limited studies exist on successful interventions for patients with multimorbidity. Even more limited is the knowledge on how socioeconomic factors have an impact on these interventions. The objective of this ...

    Authors: Éric Contant, Christine Loignon, Tarek Bouhali, José Almirall and Martin Fortin

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:53

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Greater continuity and access to primary care results in improved patient health, satisfaction, and reduced healthcare costs. Although patient rostering is considered to be a cornerstone of a high performing p...

    Authors: Jatinderpreet Singh, Simone Dahrouge and Michael E. Green

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:52

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Routine blood tests for young, healthy, asymptomatic patients have no proven value in early detection of diseases. Indeed, such tests have occasionally been found to be harmful. Although general blood tests ar...

    Authors: Michal Shaked, Inbar Levkovich, Tamar Adar, Alma Peri and Nir Liviatan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:51

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety is a universal issue which affects countries at all stages of health system development. Patient safety research in primary care reveals that globally millions of people suffer disabilities, inj...

    Authors: Muna Habib AL Lawati, Stephanie D. Short, Nadia Noor Abdulhadi, Sathiya Murthi Panchatcharam and Sarah Dennis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:50

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