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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

    There is a growing emphasis on self-monitoring applications that allow patients to measure their own physical health parameters. A prerequisite for achieving positive effects is patients’ willingness to self-m...

    Authors: Martine W. J. Huygens, Ilse C. S. Swinkels, Judith D. de Jong, Monique J. W. M. Heijmans, Roland D. Friele, Onno C. P. van Schayck and Luc P. de Witte

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:40

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    Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) are a common reason for antibiotic overuse worldwide. We previously showed that over 80% of outpatients presenting to a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka with influ...

    Authors: L. Gayani Tillekeratne, Champica K. Bodinayake, Thushani Dabrera, Ajith Nagahawatte, Wasantha Kodikara Arachchi, Anoji Sooriyaarachchi, Kearsley Stewart, Melissa Watt, Truls Østbye and Christopher W. Woods

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:37

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Although largely preventable, Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. General Practitioners (GPs) have an important role to play in prevention and early detection of bowel cancer, ...

    Authors: Greer Dawson, Melanie Crane, Claudine Lyons, Anna Burnham, Tara Bowman, Donna Perez and Joanne Travaglia

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:36

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Children’s exposure to domestic violence is a type of child maltreatment, yet many general practice clinicians remain uncertain of their child safeguarding responsibilities in the context of domestic violence....

    Authors: Natalia V. Lewis, Cath Larkins, Nicky Stanley, Eszter Szilassy, William Turner, Jessica Drinkwater and Gene S. Feder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:33

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Traditionally, drug prescription and follow up have been the sole responsibility of physicians. However, interprofessional medication reviews (IMRs) have been developed to prevent drug discrepancies and patien...

    Authors: H. T. Bell, A. G. Granas, I. Enmarker, R. Omli and A. Steinsbekk

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:30

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The development of end-of-life primary care is a socio-medical and ethical challenge. However, general practitioners (GPs) face many difficulties when initiating appropriate discussion on proactive shared pall...

    Authors: Agnès Oude Engberink, Mélanie Badin, Philippe Serayet, Sylvain Pavageau, François Lucas, Gérard Bourrel, Joanna Norton, Grégory Ninot and Pierre Senesse

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:27

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Several disease specific instruments have been developed to identify and assess diabetes distress. In Malaysia, the Problem Areas in Diabetes Scale has been validated in Malay, but it does not have specific do...

    Authors: Ying Woei Chin, Pauline Siew Mei Lai and Yook Chin Chia

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:25

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) is defined as medication with uncertain therapeutic effects and/or potential adverse drug reactions outweighing the clinical benefits. The prescription rate of PIM fo...

    Authors: Nadine Janis Pohontsch, Kathrin Heser, Antje Löffler, Britta Haenisch, Debora Parker, Tobias Luck, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller, Wolfgang Maier, Frank Jessen and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:22

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The management of sore throat varies widely in Europe. The objective of this study was to gain insight into clinicians’ perceptions on the current management of sore throat in Spain.

    Authors: Carl Llor, Isabel Vilaseca, Eduardo Lehrer-Coriat, Xavier Boleda, José L. Cañada, Ana Moragas and Josep M. Cots

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:21

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Delayed antibiotic prescribing reduces antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections in trials in general practice, but the uptake in clinical practice is low. The aim of the study was to identify facilitato...

    Authors: Lucy Sargent, Amanda McCullough, Chris Del Mar and John Lowe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:20

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Over 60% of people have overweight or obesity, but only a third report receiving counselling from primary care providers. We explored patients’ perspectives on the role of primary care in obesity management an...

    Authors: Jacqueline Torti, Thea Luig, Michelle Borowitz, Jeffrey A. Johnson, Arya M. Sharma and Denise L. Campbell-Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:19

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2017 18:58

  12. Content type: Research article

    Oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) is a challenge in general practice, especially for high-risk groups such as the elderly. Insufficient patient knowledge about safety-relevant aspects of OAT is considered to ...

    Authors: Verena Maikranz, Andrea Siebenhofer, Lisa-R. Ulrich, Karola Mergenthal, Sylvia Schulz-Rothe, Birgit Kemperdick, Sandra Rauck, Gudrun Pregartner, Andrea Berghold, Ferdinand M. Gerlach and Juliana J. Petersen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:15

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) requires urgent investigation and management. Urgent management reduces the risk of subsequent stroke markedly, but non-presentation or delays in patient presentation to health...

    Authors: Parker Magin, Terry Joyce, Christopher Levi and Daniel Lasserson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:14

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Self-treatment of acute exacerbations of COPD with antibiotics and/or oral corticosteroids has emerged as a promising strategy to reduce hospitalization rates, mortality and health costs. However, for reasons ...

    Authors: Johanna Laue, Hasse Melbye and Mette Bech Risør

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:8

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Oral anticoagulant therapy reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, but many patients are still not prescribed this therapy. The causes of underuse of vitamin K antagonists oral anticoa...

    Authors: Gemma Mas Dalmau, Elisenda Sant Arderiu, María Belén Enfedaque Montes, Ivan Solà, Sandra Pequeño Saco and Pablo Alonso Coello

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:3

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Despite a lack of service provision for people with osteoarthritis (OA), each year 1 in 5 of the general population consults a GP about a musculoskeletal condition such as OA. Consequently this may provide an ...

    Authors: Emma L. Healey, Chris J. Main, Sarah Ryan, Gretl A. McHugh, Mark Porcheret, Andrew G. Finney, Andrew Morden and Krysia S. Dziedzic

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:173

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Exercise is a recommended ‘core’ treatment for chronic knee pain (CKP), however it appears to be underused by general practitioners (GPs). While behavioural theories suggest that attitudes and beliefs influenc...

    Authors: Elizabeth Cottrell, Edward Roddy, Trishna Rathod, Mark Porcheret and Nadine E. Foster

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:172

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    It has for years been discussed whether practice staff should be involved in patient care in general practice to a higher extent. The research concerning task delegation within general practice is generally in...

    Authors: Helle Riisgaard, Jørgen Nexøe, Jette V. Le, Jens Søndergaard and Loni Ledderer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2016 17:168

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