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BMC Family Practice

Service organization, utilization, and delivery of care

Section edited by Mark Harris and Cindy Lam

This section covers, though is not limited to, service policy and evaluation, health systems research, professional boundaries, access, referral and consultations, screening and early detection, within the context of primary care.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The diagnostic pathway of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is often complicated. Experiences during this pathway can affect patients’ satisfaction and their confidence and trust in healthcare providers. Although healt...

    Authors: Annette O. A. Plouvier, Tim C. Olde Hartman, Olga A. de Bont, Sjoerd Maandag, Bastiaan R. Bloem, Chris van Weel and Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:83

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    Missed appointments serve as a key indicator for adherence to therapy and as such, identifying patient reasons for this inconsistency could assist in developing programmes to improve health outcomes. In this a...

    Authors: Bvudzai P. Magadzire, Thubelihle Mathole and Kim Ward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:82

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    Substantial variations are still to be found in the strength of general practice/family medicine (GP/FM) across Europe regarding governance, workforce competence and performance, as well as academic developmen...

    Authors: Natalia Zarbailov, Stefan Wilm, Howard Tandeter, Francesco Carelli and Mette Brekke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:80

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In many countries, the referral-consultation process faces a number of challenges from inefficiencies and rising demand, resulting in excessive wait times for many specialties. We collected referral data from ...

    Authors: Clare Liddy, Sadaf Arbab-Tafti, Isabella Moroz and Erin Keely

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:81

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  5. Content type: Research article

    One-in-five people in the UK experience anxiety and/or depression in later life. However, anxiety and depression remain poorly detected in older people, particularly in those with chronic physical ill health. ...

    Authors: Tom Kingstone, Heather Burroughs, Bernadette Bartlam, Mo Ray, Janine Proctor, Thomas Shepherd, Peter Bullock and Carolyn Anne Chew-Graham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:77

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Improved Primary Health Care (PHC) utilisation is central to reducing the unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates characterising populations living in remote communities. Despite poorer health, significant ...

    Authors: John Wakerman, Lisa Sparrow, Susan L Thomas, John S Humphreys and Mike Jones

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:75

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Overweight and obesity are common health problems which increase the risk of developing several serious health conditions. The main difficulty in the management of weight-loss lies in its maintenance, once it ...

    Authors: Juan Jose Rodriguez-Cristobal, Carlos Alonso-Villaverde, Jose Ma Panisello, Pere Travé-Mercade, Francisca Rodriguez-Cortés, Josep Ramon Marsal and Esther Peña

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:74

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Patients from rural and urban regions should have equitable access to health care. In Germany, the physician-patient-ratio and the supply of medical services vary greatly between urban and rural areas. The aim...

    Authors: H. Hansen, N. J. Pohontsch, L. Bole, I. Schäfer and M. Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:68

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Reducing unplanned hospital admissions is a key priority within the UK and other healthcare systems, however it remains uncertain how this can be achieved. This paper explores the relationship between unplanne...

    Authors: John Busby, Sarah Purdy and William Hollingworth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:67

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site and in collaboration with emergency departments of hospitals (ED). ...

    Authors: Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits and Paul Giesen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:62

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Social change, intensified by industrialization and globalization, has not only changed people’s work lives but also their personal lives, especially in developing countries. The aim of this study was to provi...

    Authors: Yao Cheng, Liuyi Zhang, Fang Wang, Ping Zhang, Beizhu Ye and Yuan Liang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:59

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease pr...

    Authors: Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen and Sumeet Sodhi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:46

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Family practitioners (FPs) who work in Out-Of-Hours Care (OOHC) - especially in rural areas – complain about high workload related to low urgency and potentially unnecessary patient presentations with minor ai...

    Authors: R. Leutgeb, P. Engeser, S. Berger, J. Szecsenyi and G. Laux

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:42

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2017 18:64

  14. Content type: Research article

    Consensus guidelines recommend multi-modal chronic pain treatment with increased uptake of non-pharmacological pain treatment modalities (NPMs). We aimed to identify the barriers and facilitators to uptake of ...

    Authors: William C. Becker, Lindsey Dorflinger, Sara N. Edmond, Leila Islam, Alicia A. Heapy and Liana Fraenkel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:41

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Access to most contraceptives in Australia requires a prescription from a doctor, and it has been shown that doctors can influence women’s decision-making with respect to contraception. However, little researc...

    Authors: Denisa L. Goldhammer, Catriona Fraser, Britta Wigginton, Melissa L. Harris, Deborah Bateson, Deborah Loxton, Mary Stewart, Jacqueline Coombe and Jayne C. Lucke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:35

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Optimal utilisation of the out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) services remains a concern in public health policy. We need more knowledge on potentially avoidable contacts. This study examines the frequency of ...

    Authors: Karen Busk Nørøxe, Linda Huibers, Grete Moth and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:34

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The reorientation of primary health care towards prevention is fundamental to addressing the rising burden of chronic disease. However, in Australia, cardiovascular disease prevention practice in primary healt...

    Authors: Nerida Volker, Lauren T. Williams, Rachel C. Davey, Thomas Cochrane and Tanya Clancy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:28

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Depression is common in patients with diabetes type 2 (DM2) and/or coronary heart disease (CHD), with high personal and societal burden and may even be preventable. Recently, a cluster randomized trial of step...

    Authors: Alide D. Pols, Karen Schipper, Debbie Overkamp, Susan E. van Dijk, Judith E. Bosmans, Harm W. J. van Marwijk, Marcel C. Adriaanse and Maurits W. van Tulder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:26

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