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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. In a General Practitioner (GP) setting, preventative medicine is reported as the predominant source of health care for the well-child. However, the role of the GP in well-child health care is not well understo...

    Authors: Adrian Jeyendra, Jeremy Rajadurai, Joanna Chanmugam, Alan Trieu, Suraj Nair, Radheshan Baskaran and Virginia Schmied

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2013 14:2

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  2. Academic detailing is an interactive, convenient, and user-friendly approach to delivering non-commercial education to healthcare clinicians. While evidence suggests academic detailing is associated with impro...

    Authors: Daniel M Hartung, Ann Hamer, Luke Middleton, Dean Haxby and Lyle J Fagnan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:129

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  3. Diabetes is an important contributor to the burden of disease in South Africa and prevalence rates as high as 33% have been recorded in Cape Town. Previous studies show that quality of care and health outcomes...

    Authors: Bob Mash, Naomi Levitt, Krisela Steyn, Merrick Zwarenstein and Stephen Rollnick

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:126

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. The purpose of this study is to better understand differences in diabetes self-management, specifically needs, barriers and challenges among men and women living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

    Authors: Rebecca Mathew, Enza Gucciardi, Margaret De Melo and Paula Barata

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:122

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  5. In this paper a specialist in general practice is referred to as a general practitioner (GP). In Finland only half of all GPs work as a health centre physician. The present aim was to establish what the workin...

    Authors: Markku Sumanen, Tiina Aine, Hannu Halila, Teppo Heikkilä, Harri Hyppölä, Santero Kujala, Jukka Vänskä, Irma Virjo and Kari Mattila

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:121

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  6. Depression is common in coronary heart disease (CHD) and increases the incidence of coronary symptoms and death in CHD patients. Interventions feasible for use in primary care are needed to improve both mood a...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Barley, Mark Haddad, Rosemary Simmonds, Zoe Fortune, Paul Walters, Joanna Murray, Diana Rose and André Tylee

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:119

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  7. It is often suggested that an effort must be made to increase awareness among consanguineous couples of their reproductive risk, and to refer them for genetic counseling if needed. Primary care professionals a...

    Authors: Marieke E Teeuw, Anouk Hagelaar, Leo P ten Kate, Martina C Cornel and Lidewij Henneman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:105

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  8. In Europe, a comparable scope of training in GP can be observed especially in the field of knowledge. This feasibility study determines if a knowledge test is suitable in the context of a neighboring country.

    Authors: Roy Remmen, Johan Wens, Annelies Damen, Herman Duesman and Veronique Verhoeven

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:103

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  9. Interventions to promote prudent antibiotic prescribing by general practitioners (GPs) have often only been developed for use in one country. We aimed to develop an intervention which would be appropriate to i...

    Authors: Sibyl Anthierens, Sarah Tonkin-Crine, Elaine Douglas, Patricia Fernandez-Vandellos, Jaroslaw Krawczyk, Carl Llor, Jochen WL Cals, Nick A Francis, Lucy Yardley, Samuel Coenen, Theo Verheij, Herman Goossens and Paul Little

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:101

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Preventive services and health promotion in terms of lifestyle counselling provided through primary health care (PHC) has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality in the population. Health professionals...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Malou Lindberg and Agneta Andersson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:99

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  11. We describe the health of "revolving door" patients in general practice in Scotland, estimate changes in their number over the timescale of the study, and explore reasons for changes, particularly related to N...

    Authors: Andrea E Williamson, Paul CD Johnson, Kenneth Mullen and Philip Wilson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:95

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  12. In many OECD countries, the gender differences in physicians’ pay favour male doctors. Due to the feminisation of the doctor profession, it is essential to measure this income gap in the French context of Fee-...

    Authors: Magali Dumontet, Marc Le Vaillant and Carine Franc

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:94

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Children make up about 20% of the UK population and caring for them is an important part of a general practitioner’s (GP’s) workload. However, the UK Quality Outcomes Framework (pay-for-performance system) lar...

    Authors: Peter J Gill, Jenny Hislop, David Mant and Anthony Harnden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:92

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  14. Since 2004, a national Disease Management Program (DMP) has been implemented in Germany, which includes educational measures aimed at patients with type-2 diabetes (T2D). However, about 15-20% of T2D patients ...

    Authors: Eva Drewelow, Anja Wollny, Michael Pentzek, Janine Immecke, Sarah Lambrecht, Stefan Wilm, Iris Schluckebier, Susanne Löscher, Karl Wegscheider and Attila Altiner

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:88

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Good General Practice is essential for an effective health system. Good General Practice training is essential to sustain the workforce, however training for General Practice can be hampered by a number of pre...

    Authors: Stephen Barnett, Sandra C Jones, Sue Bennett, Don Iverson and Andrew Bonney

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:87

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  16. The health effects of ultraviolet radiation vary according to wavelength, timing and pattern of exposure, personal characteristics and practices. Negative effects include skin cancers, eye diseases and immune ...

    Authors: Anthony Ivor Reeder, Janet Ann Jopson and Andrew Robert Gray

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:85

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  17. Medical records that do not accurately reflect the patient’s current medication list are an open invitation to errors and may compromise patient safety.

    Authors: Matthew D Olson, Gretchen L Tong, Beat D Steiner, Anthony J Viera, Evan Ashkin and Warren P Newton

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:83

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  18. Doctor-patient communication has been influenced over time by factors such as the rise of evidence-based medicine and a growing emphasis on patient-centred care. Despite disputes in the literature on the tensi...

    Authors: Ligaya Butalid, Peter F M Verhaak, Hennie R Boeije and Jozien M Bensing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:80

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  19. As in clinical practice resources may be limited compared to experimental settings, translation of evidence-based lifestyle interventions into daily life settings is challenging. In this study we therefore eva...

    Authors: Paulina WA Vermunt, Ivon EJ Milder, Frits Wielaard, Caroline A Baan, Jos DM Schelfhout, Gert P Westert and Hans AM van Oers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:79

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  20. Chest wall syndrome (CWS), the main cause of chest pain in primary care practice, is most often an exclusion diagnosis. We developed and evaluated a clinical prediction rule for CWS.

    Authors: Alexandre Ronga, Paul Vaucher, Jörg Haasenritter, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Stefan Bösner, François Verdon, Thomas Bischoff, Bernard Burnand, Bernard Favrat and Lilli Herzig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:74

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  21. Medical students at the University of Wollongong experience continuity of patient care and clinical supervision during an innovative year-long integrated (community and hospital) clinical clerkship. In this mo...

    Authors: Judith N Hudson, Patricia J Knight and Kathryn M Weston

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:72

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  22. General practitioners (GPs) often fail to correctly adhere to guidelines for the treatment of hypertension. The reasons for this are unclear, but could be related to lack of knowledge in assessing individual p...

    Authors: Rickard Ekesbo, Patrik Midlöv, Sofia Gerward, Kristin Persson, Christina Nerbrand and Lennart Johansson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:34

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  23. Given the potential value of self-management support programs for people with chronic diseases, it is vital to understand how they influence participants’ health attitudes and behaviours. The Stanford Chronic ...

    Authors: Sharon Johnston, Hannah Irving, Karina Mill, Margo S Rowan and Clare Liddy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:65

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  24. Family and friends may help patients seek out and engage in depression care. However, patients’ social networks can also undermine depression treatment and recovery. In an effort to improve depression care in ...

    Authors: Erik Fernandez y Garcia, Paul Duberstein, Debora A Paterniti, Camille S Cipri, Richard L Kravitz and Ronald M Epstein

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:64

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  25. Diagest 3 was a study aimed at lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 3 years after childbirth. Women with gestational diabetes were enrolled in the study. After childbirth, the subjects showed...

    Authors: Christophe Berkhout, Marie Vandaele-Bétancourt, Stéphane Robert, Solène Lespinasse, Gamil Mitha, Quentin Bradier, Anne Vambergue and Pierre Fontaine

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:63

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  26. In spite of the potential impact upon population health and expenditure, interventions promoting medication adherence have been found to be of moderate effectiveness and cost effectiveness. Understanding the r...

    Authors: Tracey-Lea Laba, Jo-anne Brien and Stephen Jan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:61

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  27. Systematic preventive health checks in primary care have been introduced in several countries. The Danish Health Service does not provide this service, but health checks are nevertheless being conducted unsyst...

    Authors: Anne Søndergaard, Bo Christensen and Helle Terkildsen Maindal

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:53

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  28. Family and community medicine (FM) became a recognized specialty in Spain in 1978; however, most medical schools in Spain still lack mandatory core courses in FM. In order to explore the perceptions, expectati...

    Authors: Amando Martín Zurro, Josep Jiménez Villa, Antonio Monreal Hijar, Xavier Mundet Tuduri, Ángel Otero Puime and Pablo Alonso-Coello

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:47

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  29. Despite the availability of a wide selection of effective antihypertensive treatments and the existence of clear treatment guidelines, many patients with hypertension do not have controlled blood pressure. We ...

    Authors: Heymann Anthony, Liora Valinsky, Zucker Inbar, Chodick Gabriel and Shalev Varda

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:24

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  30. Patient 'enablement' is a term closely aligned with 'empowerment' and its measurement in a general practice consultation has been operationalised in the widely used patient enablement instrument (PEI), a patie...

    Authors: Stewart W Mercer, Bhautesh D Jani, Margaret Maxwell, Samuel YS Wong and Graham CM Watt

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:6

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  31. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate and refine an adjuvant system of color-specific symbols that are added to medication bottles and to assess whether this system would increase the ability of pati...

    Authors: Roberto Cardarelli, Christopher Mann, Kimberly G Fulda, Elizabeth Balyakina, Anna Espinoza and Sue Lurie

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:142

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  32. The worldwide increase in obesity is becoming a major health concern. General practitioners (GPs) play a central role in managing obesity. We aimed to examine Swiss GPs self-reported practice in diagnosis and ...

    Authors: Carola A Huber, Meichun Mohler-Kuo, Ueli Zellweger, Marco Zoller, Thomas Rosemann and Oliver Senn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:140

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  33. Communication is a key competence for health care professionals. Analysis of registrar and GP communication performance in daily practice, however, suggests a suboptimal application of communication skills. Th...

    Authors: Geurt Essers, Sandra van Dulmen, Chris van Weel, Cees van der Vleuten and Anneke Kramer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:138

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  34. Primary care teams' job satisfaction is an important issue in quality of care. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the job satisfaction of general practitioners (GPs) and non-physician staff and to explor...

    Authors: Katja Goetz, Stephen M Campbell, Jost Steinhaeuser, Bjoern Broge, Sara Willms and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:137

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  35. Deficiencies in the quality of diabetes and hypertension primary care and outcomes have been documented in Barbados. This study aimed to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices, and the barriers faced b...

    Authors: O Peter Adams and Anne O Carter

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:135

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  36. The impact of excess gestational weight gain (GWG) on maternal and child health outcomes is well documented. Understanding how health care providers view and manage GWG may assist with influencing healthy gest...

    Authors: Paige van der Pligt, Karen Campbell, Jane Willcox, Jane Opie and Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:124

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  37. It is commonplace for lay caregivers to overlook their own health concerns when supporting someone with advanced cancer. During this time, caregivers' needs as patients are often marginalised by health profess...

    Authors: Letitia H Burridge, Geoffrey K Mitchell, Moyez Jiwa and Afaf Girgis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:110

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  38. In keeping with its mission to produce doctors for rural and regional Australia, the University of Wollongong, Graduate School of Medicine has established an innovative model of clinical education. This includ...

    Authors: Judith N Hudson, Kathryn M Weston and Elizabeth A Farmer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:103

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  39. Self-management support is seen as a cornerstone of good diabetes care and many countries are currently engaged in initiatives to integrate self-management support in primary care. Concerning the organisation ...

    Authors: Patricia Sunaert, Marie Vandekerckhove, Hilde Bastiaens, Luc Feyen, Piet Vanden Bussche, Jan De Maeseneer, An De Sutter and Sara Willems

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:94

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  40. To investigate general practitioners' (GPs') attitudes to guidelines for elective surgical referral in England. To understand their use of guidelines, and attitudes to shared decision making in the referral de...

    Authors: Naomi Blundell, Sian Taylor-Phillips, David Spitzer, Steven Martin, Ian Forde and Aileen Clarke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:92

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  41. Evidence based medicine (EBM) has made a substantial impact on primary care in Spain over the last few years. However, little research has been done into family physicians (FPs)' attitudes related to EBM. The ...

    Authors: Carlos Calderón, Iván Sola, Rafael Rotaeche, Mèrce Marzo-Castillejo, Arturo Louro-González, Ricard Carrillo, Ana-Isabel González and Pablo Alonso-Coello

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:84

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  42. Much of chronic disease is managed in primary care and chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a recent addition. We are conducting a cluster randomised study of quality improvement interventions in CKD (QICKD) - Clin...

    Authors: Mohammad A Tahir, Olga Dmitrieva, Simon de Lusignan, Jeremy van Vlymen, Tom Chan, Ramez Golmohamad, Kevin Harris, Charles Tomson, Nicola Thomas and Hugh Gallagher

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:83

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  43. Clinical guidelines have been the subject of much criticism in primary care literature partly due to potential conflicts in their implementation among patients with multiple chronic conditions. We assessed the...

    Authors: Martin Fortin, Eric Contant, Catherine Savard, Catherine Hudon, Marie-Eve Poitras and José Almirall

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:74

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  44. Patient enablement can be defined as the extent to which a patient is capable of understanding and coping with his or her health issues. This concept is linked to a number of health outcomes such as self-manag...

    Authors: Catherine Hudon, Martin Fortin, Francis Rossignol, Susie Bernier and Marie-Eve Poitras

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:71

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  45. The principles and practice of Family Medicine that arose in developed Western countries have been imported and adopted in African countries without adequate consideration of their relevance and appropriatenes...

    Authors: Stephen J Reid, Robert Mash, Raymond V Downing and Shabir Moosa

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:67

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