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BMC Family Practice

Clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management

Section edited by Attila Altiner and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

This section covers all aspects of patient diagnosis and treatment for acute and chronic conditions within the context of primary care.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Consultations involving patients with multiple somatic symptoms may be considered as challenging and time-consuming by general practitioners (GPs). Yet, little is known about the possible links between consult...

    Authors: Mette T. Rask, Anders H. Carlsen, Anna Budtz-Lilly and Marianne Rosendal

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:100

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  2. Content type: Research article

    An increase in a patient’s visits to doctors usually raises concerns and may be a ‘red flag’ for a patient’s deterioration of health. The aim of this study was to analyze whether an increase of patient-physici...

    Authors: Johannes Hauswaldt, Eva Hummers-Pradier and Wolfgang Himmel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:94

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Clinical guidelines for single diseases often pose problems in general practice work with multimorbid patients. However, little research focuses on how general practice is affected by the demand to follow multipl...

    Authors: Bjarne Austad, Irene Hetlevik, Bente Prytz Mjølstad and Anne-Sofie Helvik

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:92

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Multiple diagnostic algorithms for heart failure exist. However, it is unclear whether these algorithms are incorporated in the ‘scripts’ clinicians use in every day practice. Scripts are networks of organised...

    Authors: Klaartje Decaluwe, Jan Degryse and Bert Vaes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:86

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The Education Thérapeutique des patients Insuffisants Cardiaques (ETIC; Therapeutic Education for Patients with Cardiac Failure) trial aimed to determine whether a pragmatic education intervention in general prac...

    Authors: Hélène Vaillant-Roussel, Catherine Laporte, Bruno Pereira, Marion De Rosa, Bénédicte Eschalier, Charles Vorilhon, Romain Eschalier, Gilles Clément, Denis Pouchain, Jean-François Chenot, Claude Dubray and Philippe Vorilhon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:80

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    People with cognitive problems, and their families, report distress and uncertainty whilst undergoing evaluation for dementia and perceive that traditional diagnostic evaluation in secondary care is insufficie...

    Authors: Sam T. Creavin, Sarah J. Cullum, Judy Haworth, Lesley Wye, Antony Bayer, Mark Fish, Sarah Purdy and Yoav Ben-Shlomo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:79

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2016 17:119

  7. Content type: Research article

    Data is lacking on comorbid personality disorders (PD) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) in terms of prevalence, and associated healthcare and societal costs. The main aim of this study was to assess the prevale...

    Authors: Laura Gumà-Uriel, M. Teresa Peñarrubia-María, Marta Cerdà-Lafont, Oriol Cunillera-Puertolas, Jesús Almeda-Ortega, Rita Fernández-Vergel, Javier García-Campayo and Juan V. Luciano

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:61

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Suggestions of overprescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for long-term treatment in primary care have been raised. This study aims to analyse associations between general practice characteristics and in...

    Authors: P. F. Haastrup, S. Rasmussen, J. M. Hansen, R. D. Christensen, J. Søndergaard and D. E. Jarbøl

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:57

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) form a heterogeneous group and frequently attend their family physician (FP). Little is known about how FPs recognize MUPS in their patients. We con...

    Authors: Madelon den Boeft, Danielle Huisman, Johannes C. van der Wouden, Mattijs E. Numans, Henriette E. van der Horst, Peter L. Lucassen and Tim C. olde Hartman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:55

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A prerequisite for early lung cancer diagnosis is that individuals with respiratory alarm symptoms (RAS) contact a general practitioner (GP). This study aims to determine the proportion of individuals in the g...

    Authors: Lisa Maria Falk Sele, Sandra Elnegaard, Kirubakaran Balasubramaniam, Jens Søndergaard and Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:47

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Analysis of encounter data relevant to the diagnostic process sourced from routine electronic medical record (EMR) databases represents a classic example of the concept of a learning healthcare system (LHS). By c...

    Authors: Jean K Soler, Derek Corrigan, Przemyslaw Kazienko, Tomasz Kajdanowicz, Roxana Danger, Marcin Kulisiewicz and Brendan Delaney

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:63

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Guidelines on hypertension management recommend adjusting therapeutic efforts in accordance with global cardiovascular risk (CVR) rather than by blood pressure levels alone. However, this paradigm change has n...

    Authors: Achim Mortsiefer, Tobias Meysen, Martin Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Abholz, Karl Wegscheider and Jürgen in der Schmitten

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:56

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Referral for both lifestyle and surgical interventions are recommended as part of the clinical management of obesity in general practice. However, current practice falls short of this. This qualitative study a...

    Authors: Kyoung Kon Kim, Lin-Lee Yeong, Ian D Caterson and Mark F Harris

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:45

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The vast majority of patients with diabetes have multiple chronic conditions, increasing complexity of care; however, clinical practice guidelines, interventions, and public reporting metrics do not adequately...

    Authors: Elizabeth M Magnan, Rebecca Gittelson, Christie M Bartels, Heather M Johnson, Nancy Pandhi, Elizabeth A Jacobs and Maureen A Smith

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:42

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  15. Content type: Research article

    We see patients who present with spirometry airflow limitation despite their forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) as well as forced vital capacity (FVC) to be supernormal (FEV1/FVC < 70%, both the %FEV1 ...

    Authors: Satomi Shiota, Masako Ichikawa, Kazuhiro Suzuki, Yoshinosuke Fukuchi and Kazuhisa Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:41

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic and oral corticosteroid prescribing rate in patients suffering from acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma in general practice are only sparsely described. Our...

    Authors: Salwan Al-ani, Mark Spigt, Johanna Laue and Hasse Melbye

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:40

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    In contrast with the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines, the most common treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders in primary care is pharmacological. The aim of this study is to assess the e...

    Authors: Amale Jauregui, Joaquín Ponte, Monika Salgueiro, Saloa Unanue, Carmen Donaire, Maria Cruz Gómez, Natalia Burgos-Alonso and Gonzalo Grandes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:39

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Prolonged stress may lead to mental illness, but the prevalence of stress in a working age population seeking primary health care for whatever reason, is unknown. This paper seeks to examine to what extent thi...

    Authors: Lilian Wiegner, Dominique Hange, Cecilia Björkelund and Gunnar Ahlborg Jr

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2015 16:38

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