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Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, education, and communication

This section covers, though is not limited to, health literacy, professional boundaries, eHealth and medical record systems, patient-reported outcome measures and quality indicators, and patient-physician relations, within the context of primary care.

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  1. Capacity-building of health professionals regarding to nutrition is a strategy for qualifying public health work to promote healthy diets in primary health care (PHC) services.

    Authors: C. R. Tramontt and P. C. Jaime

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:214

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  2. Providing older persons with information about their health status may increase their involvement in their own health and enhance self-management. However, we need a better understanding of how older persons v...

    Authors: Sophie C. E. van Blijswijk, Lisa S. van Tol, Jeanet W. Blom, Wendy P. J. den Elzen and Jacobijn Gussekloo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:213

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  3. New Zealand (NZ) has high rates of colorectal cancer but low rates of early diagnosis. Due to a lack of understanding of the pre-diagnostic experience from the patient’s perspective, it is necessary to investi...

    Authors: Tania Blackmore, Kimberley Norman, Jacquie Kidd, Shemana Cassim, Lynne Chepulis, Rawiri Keenan, Melissa Firth, Christopher Jackson, Tim Stokes, David Weller, Jon Emery and Ross Lawrenson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:206

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  4. The average delay in diagnosis for patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is 7 to 10 years. Factors that contribute to this delay are multifactorial and include the lack of diagnostic criteria (although...

    Authors: Kate L. Lapane, Sara Khan, Divya Shridharmurthy, Ariel Beccia, Catherine Dubé, Esther Yi, Jonathan Kay and Shao-Hsien Liu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:204

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  5. Continuing medical education (CME) is essential to developing and maintaining high quality primary care. Traditionally, CME is delivered face-to-face, but due to geographical distances, and pressure of work in...

    Authors: Md. Nazim Uzzaman, Tracy Jackson, Aftab Uddin, Neneh Rowa-Dewar, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, G M Monsur Habib and Hilary Pinnock

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:203

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  6. Travel has become an integral part of Saudi life. People with diabetes face many challenges while travelling that can have detrimental effects on glycaemic control. However, no previous studies have investigat...

    Authors: Rabia Khalid Alduraibi, Turky H. Almigbal, Abdullah A. Alrasheed and Mohammed Ali Batais

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:200

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  7. General practitioners (GPs) are advised to offer advance care planning (ACP) to people with dementia (PWD). In a randomized controlled trial, an educational intervention for GPs aimed at initiating and optimiz...

    Authors: Bram Tilburgs, Raymond Koopmans, Henk Schers, Carolien Smits, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Marieke Perry and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:199

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  8. In rural areas of China, hypertension is on the rise and it is drawing the Chinese government’s attention. The health outcomes of hypertension management can be positively impacted by patient satisfaction with...

    Authors: Wenqin Chen, Yingchao Feng, Jiyuan Fang, Jin Wu, Xianhong Huang, Xiaohe Wang, Jian Wu and Meng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:196

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  9. General practitioners (GPs) regularly handle cases related to stress and work capacity, but often find this work difficult. However, using an assessment tool in a structured way can increase GPs’ awareness of ...

    Authors: Anna-Maria Hultén, Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff and Kristina Holmgren

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:187

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    The Study protocol to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1193

  10. Non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of death, largely due to the last century’s often-unhealthy lifestyles. Family medicine (FM) and other physicians can improve patients’ lifestyle behaviors, yet...

    Authors: Lilach Malatskey, Yael Bar Zeev, Rani Polak, Adva Tzuk-Onn and Erica Frank

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:186

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  11. The aim of this article is to explore preventive health dialogues in general practice in the context of a pilot study of a Danish primary preventive intervention ‘TOF’ (a Danish acronym for ‘Early Detection an...

    Authors: Marie Broholm-Jørgensen, Siff Monrad Langkilde, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen and Pia Vivian Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:185

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  12. In a society where ageing of the population and the increasing prevalence of long-term conditions are major issues, collaboration between primary and secondary care is essential to provide continuous, patient-...

    Authors: Marijn Janssen, Margaretha H. Sagasser, Cornelia R. M. G. Fluit, Willem J. J. Assendelft, Jacqueline de Graaf and Nynke D. Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:179

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  13. Evidence-based psychological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are available in specialized settings, but adequate care in primary care is often lacking.

    Authors: Rebekka Gehringer, Antje Freytag, Markus Krause, Peter Schlattmann, Konrad Schmidt, Sven Schulz, Sophie Jana Zezulka, Florian Wolf, Jonas Grininger, Mathias Berger, Horst Christian Vollmar and Jochen Gensichen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:176

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  14. Within the sphere of diabetes self-management, much emphasis has been placed on medication adherence. There has been a shift in thinking about medication adherence, moving from “compliance” and historically pa...

    Authors: Wichuda Jiraporncharoen, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Korsin Junjom, Nisachol Dejkriengkraikul, Anawat Wisetborisut, Iliatha Papachristou, Ahmar Hashmi and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:173

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  15. General Practitioners’ (GPs) readiness to implement screening and brief intervention (SBI) to treat patients with excessive alcohol consumption is low. Several studies identified crucial barriers such as insuf...

    Authors: Thomas Fankhaenel, Katrin Schulz, Lars-Eric Petersen, Andreas Klement and Thomas Frese

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:170

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  16. Obesity is one of the most common and relevant health problems in need of urgent action in Germany. General practitioners (GPs) are the initial contact and thus one of the most important starting points for th...

    Authors: Maria Schwenke, Melanie Luppa, Alexander Pabst, Franziska D. Welzel, Margrit Löbner, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:169

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  17. As a large number of Community Health Service (CHS) centers in China face the majority of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), primary care physicians (PCPs) play a primary role in the preven...

    Authors: Shasha Ye, Tianhao Wang, Arthur Liu, Ying Yu, Zhigang Pan and Jie Gu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:165

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  18. Medical overuse is an issue that has recently gained attention. The “Choosing Wisely” campaign invited each specialty in each country to create its own top five lists of care procedures with a negative benefit...

    Authors: Agnès Hazard, Lucie Fournier, Louise Rossignol, Nathalie Pelletier Fleury, Corentin Hervé, Thibaud Pitel, Cécile Pino, Olivier Saint-Lary, Thomas Hanslik, Thierry Blanchon and Mathilde François

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:161

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  19. Deprescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be considered in situations where the drug may no longer be necessary; however, this requires a careful discussion between patients and healthcare providers, ...

    Authors: Wade Thompson, Malene Nissen, Peter Haastrup, Jette Videbæk Le, Carina Lundby, Jesper Bo Nielsen and Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:160

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  20. Studies report that increased levels of patient activation is associated with increased engagement with the health care system, better adherence to treatment protocols, and improved health outcomes. This study...

    Authors: James Rufus John, W Kathy Tannous and Amanda Jones

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:158

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  21. General practitioners (GPs) regularly feel challenged by the care of depressed patients and may encounter several barriers in providing best management. GPs’ perspectives on barriers to depression care are a s...

    Authors: Arun Senchyna, Milena Abbiati, Juliette Chambe, Dagmar M. Haller and Hubert Maisonneuve

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:156

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  22. Domestic violence is common in the community. Many of its victims present to primary care physicians (PCPs) but are not being recognized and managed. The barriers, with specific reference to a Chinese cultural...

    Authors: Tai Pong Lam, Hoi Yan Chan, Leon Piterman, Mei Wa Wong, Kai Sing Sun, Kwok Fai Lam, Tak Hon Chan, Wu Dan and Agnes Tiwari

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:155

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  23. While motives for emergency department (ED) self-referrals have been investigated in a number of studies, the relevance of general practitioner (GP) care for these patients has not been comprehensively evaluat...

    Authors: Sarah Oslislo, Christoph Heintze, Martin Möckel, Liane Schenk and Felix Holzinger

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:154

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  24. Due to demographic change within an aging population as announced by the WHO, the involvement of caregivers is essential. Caregivers are required to change their roles within the family unit. Such life transit...

    Authors: Marie-Conception Leocadie, Jean-Manuel Morvillers, Sophie Pautex and Monique Rothan-Tondeur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:149

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  25. Epidemic chronic diseases pose significant challenges to the improvement of healthcare in China and worldwide. Despite increasing international calls for the inclusion of evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) ...

    Authors: Feng Fan, Zhaoxin Wang, Dehua Yu, Chen Chen, Delei Shen, Zhaohu Yu, Xin Liu, Huining Zhou and Jianwei Shi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:147

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  26. Family practice and family doctors are critical part of China’s primary healthcare delivery in a constantly evolving society. As the first point of contact with the medical system, family practices require phy...

    Authors: Xinglong Xu, Lulin Zhou, Henry Asante-Antwi, Ama Boafo-Arthur and Tehzeeb Mustafa

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:137

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  27. General practitioners (GPs) increasingly manage patients with multimorbidity but report challenges in doing so. Patients describe poor experiences with health care systems that treat each of their health condi...

    Authors: Raechel A. Damarell, Deidre D. Morgan and Jennifer J. Tieman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:131

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  28. Due to the perennial shortage of diabetes specialists, primary care physicians (PCPs) constitute the largest diabetes care manpower in Nigeria. However, the competence of the PCPs to undertake this task is not...

    Authors: Ejiofor Ugwu, Ekenechukwu Young and Marcellinus Nkpozi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:128

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  29. Mental health problems is frequent among children and psychopathology in early childhood seems to predict mental disorders in adulthood. All Danish children are offered seven free well-child visits at their Ge...

    Authors: Julie Ravneberg Stokholm and Kirsten Lykke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:126

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  30. General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly affected by stress-related complaints and burnout. Although many studies have addressed this issue, little is known about the stress burden and burnout rates of pos...

    Authors: Till J. Bugaj, Katja Krug, Annalena Rentschler, Christoph Nikendei, Joachim Szecsenyi and Simon Schwill

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:123

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  31. Very Brief Advice on smoking (VBA) is an evidence-based intervention designed to increase quit attempts among patients who smoke. VBA has been widely disseminated in general practice settings in the United Kin...

    Authors: Sophia Papadakis, Marilena Anastasaki, Maria Papadakaki, Μaria Antonopoulou, Constantine Chliveros, Chrissi Daskalaki, Dionisis Varthalis, Sofia Triantafyllou, Irene Vasilaki, Andy McEwen and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:121

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  32. Although antibiotics have little or no benefit for most upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), they continue to be prescribed frequently in primary care. Physicians perceive that patients’ expectations in...

    Authors: Sameh Mortazhejri, Andrea M. Patey, Dawn Stacey, R. Sacha Bhatia, Alykhan Abdulla and Jeremy M. Grimshaw

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:119

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  33. Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is common and damaging to health. UK national guidance advocates a multi-agency response to DVA, and domestic homicide reviews consistently recommend improved information-shar...

    Authors: Katherine Pitt, Sandi Dheensa, Gene Feder, Emma Johnson, Mei-See Man, Jessica Roy, Emma Williamson and Eszter Szilassy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:117

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  34. China’s standardized training for residents of General Practitioners (GPs) is aimed at providing the postgraduate training for family doctors who will serve the primary health care institutions. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Hongjing Wang, Jin He, Dongzhi Zhang, Yue Wu, Peidong Wang and Hui Cai

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:112

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  35. Although primary care settings provide a large-scale and high-reach opportunity for weight management and obesity prevention, the proportion of adults in the United Kingdom (UK) who report receiving weight man...

    Authors: Nathan Critchlow, Gillian Rosenberg, Harriet Rumgay, Robert Petty and Jyotsna Vohra

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:111

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  36. Dementia is under-diagnosed in primary care. Timely diagnosis and care management improve outcomes for patients and caregivers. This research evaluated the effectiveness of a nationwide Continuing Medical Educ...

    Authors: Anne-Nicole Casey, M. Mofizul Islam, Heike Schütze, Anne Parkinson, Laurann Yen, Allan Shell, Margaret Winbolt and Henry Brodaty

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:104

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  37. The organized colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland offers citizens the choice of the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) or colonoscopy via a visit with a family physician ...

    Authors: Camille Poroes, Jacques Cornuz, Alexandre Gouveia, Cyril Ducros and Kevin Selby

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:103

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  38. Hypertension is the most common chronic disease and is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Its screening, diagnosis, and management depend heavily on accurate blood pressure (BP) measurement. It is r...

    Authors: Eric Kam Pui Lee, Ryan Chun Ming Choi, Licheng Liu, Tiffany Gao, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip and Samuel Yeung Shan Wong

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:95

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  39. Although patient-centred care has become increasingly important across all medical specialties, when it comes to end of life care, research has shown that treatments ordered are not often concordant with peopl...

    Authors: Carrie Bernard, Amy Tan, Marissa Slaven, Dawn Elston, Daren K. Heyland and Michelle Howard

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:94

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  40. Increasing the integration of community volunteers into primary health care delivery has the potential to improve person-focused, coordinated care, yet the use of volunteers in primary care is largely unexplor...

    Authors: Jessica Gaber, Doug Oliver, Ruta Valaitis, Laura Cleghorn, Larkin Lamarche, Ernie Avilla, Fiona Parascandalo, David Price and Lisa Dolovich

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:92

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  41. General practitioners (GPs) play a significant role in dementia care. However, the knowledge and attitudes of them towards dementia care are poorly characterized. The present study aimed to investigate GPs’ kn...

    Authors: Meirong Wang, Xiaojingyuan Xu, Yafang Huang, Shuang Shao, Xiaolei Chen, Jing Li and Juan Du

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:89

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  42. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) aims to assist physicians in making medical decisions based on the integration of the current best evidence, clinical expertise, and patients’ values. Extensive research has been ...

    Authors: Danijel Nejašmić, Davorka Vrdoljak, Valerija Bralić Lang, Josip Anđelo Borovac and Ana Marušić

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:88

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  43. For people with hearing loss, the General Practitioner (GP) can play an instrumental role in early detection of hearing loss as well as guiding appropriate and timely choices for addressing hearing concerns. T...

    Authors: Rebecca J. Bennett, Susan Fletcher, Nicole Conway and Caitlin Barr

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:87

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  44. Studies on professional identity and related factors among Chinese general practitioners (GPs) are unavailable. The objective of this study was to investigate the professional identity level of GPs in China an...

    Authors: Liqing Li, Yong Gan, Yudi Yang, Heng Jiang, Kai Lu, Xiaogang Zhou, Zhiqiang Nie, Sampson Opoku, Yanling Zheng, Fang Yu and Zuxun Lu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:80

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  45. Atrial fibrillation (AF) and other arrhythmias are prevalent and often encountered by general practitioners (GPs). In response to the growing prevalence and to assist practitioners in the diagnosis and managem...

    Authors: Kam Cheong Wong, Cindy Kok, Simone Marschner, Tim Usherwood and Clara K. Chow

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:79

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