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BMC Family Practice

Knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, education, and communication

Section edited by Carolyn Chew-Graham and Chris Burton

This section covers, though is not limited to, education in general practice, health literacy and communication skills, eHealth and medical record systems, patient reported outcomes and quality indicators, and patient-physician relations, within the context of primary care.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and is associated with considerable co-morbidity. It is usually managed in the primary care setting with a combination of lifestyle modification and pharm...

    Authors: Anthony Dowell, Caroline Morris, Lindsay Macdonald and Maria Stubbe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:91

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    Effective management of people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) requires development of new models of care, and successful implementation relies on engagement of general practitioners (GPs). This study used a qua...

    Authors: Thorlene Egerton, Rachel Nelligan, Jenny Setchell, Lou Atkins and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:85

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Diagnostic uncertainty is one of the largest contributory factors to the occurrence of diagnostic errors across most specialties in medicine and arguably uncertainty is greatest in primary care due to the undi...

    Authors: Rahul Alam, Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi, Maria Panagioti, Aneez Esmail, Stephen Campbell and Efharis Panagopoulou

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:79

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Blood transfusion in chronic anemia is not covered by guidelines specific to older adults. When they consider that this treatment is necessary in elderly patients, French general practitioners (GPs) contact a ...

    Authors: Sylvain Le Calvé, Dominique Somme, Joaquim Prud’homm and Aline Corvol

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:76

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Depression is more prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) than in those without, but its detection is complicated by the symptom overlap between the two diseases. General practitioners (GPs) are the fir...

    Authors: Marion Eisele, Anja Rakebrandt, Sigrid Boczor, Agata Kazek, Nadine Pohontsch, Magdalena Okolo-Kulak, Eva Blozik, Jens-Martin Träder, Stefan Störk, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:71

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is now widely used in clinical encounters. Because its use can negatively impact the physician-patient relationship, several recommendations on the “patient-centered” use of ...

    Authors: Cédric Lanier, Melissa Dominicé Dao, Patricia Hudelson, Bernard Cerutti and Noëlle Junod Perron

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:69

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Rising dementia prevalence rates rise combined with the policy objective of enabling people with dementia to remain living at home, means that there will be a growing demand for dementia care in the community ...

    Authors: Tony Foley, Siobhán Boyle, Aisling Jennings and W. Henry Smithson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:66

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Good physician-patient communication can favor the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, which is essential in high blood pressure (BP) management. More empathic physicians tend to have lower burnout and bette...

    Authors: Oriol Yuguero, Josep Ramon Marsal, Montserrat Esquerda and Jorge Soler-González

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:63

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Our aim was to investigate patterns of health care resource use by patients before and after a diagnosis of CFS/ME, as recorded by Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) GP practices in the UK.

    Authors: Simon M. Collin, Inger J. Bakken, Irwin Nazareth, Esther Crawley and Peter D. White

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:60

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Primary health-care professionals play an important role in the treatment and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Continuing Medical Education (CME)-courses can influence the knowledge and beh...

    Authors: Linda H. A. Bos-Bonnie, Jan E. A. M. van Bergen, Ellen te Pas, Michael A. Kijser and Nynke van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:57

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Medical certificates influence the distribution of economic benefits in welfare states; however, the qualitative aspects of these texts remain largely unexplored. The present study is the first systematic inve...

    Authors: Guri Aarseth, Bård Natvig, Eivind Engebretsen and Anne Kveim Lie

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:55

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Physicians’ clinical decision-making may be influenced by non‐analytical thinking, especially when perceiving uncertainty. Incidental gut feelings in general practice have been described, namely, as “a sense o...

    Authors: Marie Barais, Johannes Hauswaldt, Daniel Hausmann, Slawomir Czachowski, Agnieszka Sowinska, Paul Van Royen and Erik Stolper

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:54

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Much research worldwide is focussed on cost containment and better adherence to guidelines in healthcare. The research focussing on professional behaviour is often performed in a well-controlled research setti...

    Authors: J. Trietsch, B. van Steenkiste, R. Grol, B. Winkens, H. Ulenkate, J. Metsemakers and T. van der Weijden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:53

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:52

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:50

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 17:164

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Sengül Sari, Ashley Elizabeth Muller and Kirsten K. Roessler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:45

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:43

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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. ...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:44

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:39

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