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  1. In order to combat rising rates of antimicrobial resistant infections, it is vital that antimicrobial stewardship become embedded in primary health care (PHC). Despite the high use of antimicrobials in PHC set...

    Authors: Christine Lee, Maryam Jafari, Regan Brownbridge, Casey Phillips and Jason R. Vanstone

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:42

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  2. Timely access in primary health care is one of the key issues facing health systems. Among many interventions developed around the world, advanced access is the most highly recommended intervention designed sp...

    Authors: Mylaine Breton, Lara Maillet, Arnaud Duhoux, Sabina Abou Malham, Isabelle Gaboury, Luiza Maria Manceau, Catherine Hudon, Isabel Rodrigues, Jeannie Haggerty, Nassera Touati, Marie-Claude Beaulieu, Christine Loignon, Marie-Thérèse Lussier, Isabelle Vedel, Jalila Jbilou and France Légaré

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:41

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  3. Optimal parental preconception health benefits reproductive outcomes. However, preconception health promotion is not routinely offered in primary health care settings to people of reproductive age. The aim was...

    Authors: Karin Hammarberg, Julie Hassard, Renee de Silva and Louise Johnson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:40

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  4. Multimorbidity is highly relevant for both service commissioning and clinical decision-making. Optimization of variables assessing multimorbidity in order to enhance chronic care management is an unmet need. T...

    Authors: D. Monterde, E. Vela, M. Clèries, L. Garcia-Eroles, J. Roca and P. Pérez-Sust

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:39

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  5. General practitioner (GP) shortages and increasing demand for care led to the introduction of nurse practitioners (NPs) to primary care. Many concepts for task sharing among health professionals feature comple...

    Authors: Robyn Cody, Stefan Gysin, Christoph Merlo, Armin Gemperli and Stefan Essig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:38

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  6. The implementation of the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system initiated a significant transition in the healthcare system from traditional paper-based medical records to a digital version. Though EMR offers...

    Authors: R. M. Wali, R. M. Alqahtani, S. K. Alharazi, S. A. Bukhari and S. M. Quqandi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:37

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  7. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), including coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, is the leading cause of death and disability globally. A large proportion of mortality occurs in people with prior CHD and effec...

    Authors: Julie Redfern, Nashid Hafiz, Karice Hyun, Andrew Knight, Charlotte Hespe, Clara K. Chow, Tom Briffa, Robyn Gallagher, Christopher Reid, David L. Hare, Nicholas Zwar, Mark Woodward, Stephen Jan, Emily R. Atkins, Tracey-Lea Laba, Elizabeth Halcomb…

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:36

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  8. NICE guidelines for the management of emotional concerns in primary care emphasise the importance of communication and a trusting relationship, which is difficult to operationalise in practice. Current pressur...

    Authors: Daisy Parker, Richard Byng, Chris Dickens and Rose McCabe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:35

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  9. Poorly controlled diabetes leads to multiple complications including oral health problems. General practitioners (GPs) are at the forefront of management of chronic diseases in primary health care. Diabetes gu...

    Authors: Prakash Poudel, Rhonda Griffiths, Vincent W. Wong, Amit Arora, Jeff R. Flack, Chee L. Khoo and Ajesh George

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:34

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  10. Unhealthy alcohol use involves a spectrum from hazardous use (exceeding guidelines but no harms) through to alcohol dependence. Evidence-based management of unhealthy alcohol use in primary health care has bee...

    Authors: Monika Dzidowska, K. S. Kylie Lee, Claire Wylie, Jodie Bailie, Nikki Percival, James H. Conigrave, Noel Hayman and Katherine M. Conigrave

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:33

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  11. Among Australians aged 50 and over, an estimated 1 in 4 men and 2 in 5 women will experience a minimal trauma fracture during their remaining lifetime. Effective fracture prevention is hindered by substantial ...

    Authors: Pradnya Naik-Panvelkar, Sarah Norman, Zain Elgebaly, Jeff Elliott, Allan Pollack, Jill Thistlethwaite, Clare Weston and Markus J. Seibel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:32

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  12. Stratified care involves subgrouping patients based on key characteristics, e.g. prognostic risk, and matching these subgroups to appropriate early treatment options. The STarT MSK feasibility and pilot cluste...

    Authors: Benjamin Saunders, Jonathan C. Hill, Nadine E. Foster, Vince Cooper, Joanne Protheroe, Adrian Chudyk, Carolyn Chew-Graham and Bernadette Bartlam

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:31

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  13. Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain from the five most common presentations to primary care (back, neck, shoulder, knee or multi-site pain), where the majority of patients are managed, is a costly global health challen...

    Authors: J. C. Hill, S. Garvin, Y. Chen, V. Cooper, S. Wathall, B. Saunders, M. Lewis, J. Protheroe, A. Chudyk, K. M. Dunn, E. Hay, D. van der Windt, C. Mallen and N. E. Foster

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:30

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  14. Visits in emergency departments and hospital admissions are common among nursing home (NH) residents and they are associated with significant complications. Many of these transfers are considered inappropriate...

    Authors: Alexander Maximilian Fassmer, Alexandra Pulst, Ove Spreckelsen and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:29

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  15. ‘Ad hoc’ help-seeking by trainees from their supervisors during trainee consultations is important for patient safety, and trainee professional development. We explored trainee objectives and activities in see...

    Authors: Nancy Sturman, Christine Jorm and Malcolm Parker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:28

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  16. Poor transitions of care leads to increased health costs, over-utilization of emergency room departments, increased re-hospitalizations and causes poor patient experiences and outcomes. This study evaluated Te...

    Authors: Kimberly Noel, Catherine Messina, Wei Hou, Elinor Schoenfeld and Gerald Kelly

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:27

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  17. Vitamin D (VD) may increase sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) and subsequently PPAR-γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) and irisin levels and these improvements may reduce insulin resistance (IR). The aim was to assess the effects of v...

    Authors: Peivasteh Safarpour, Milad Daneshi-Maskooni, Mohammadreza Vafa, Mitra Nourbakhsh, Leila Janani, Mohsen Maddah, Fatemeh-Sadat Amiri, Fereshteh Mohammadi and Homa Sadeghi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:26

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  18. A well-functioning general practice sector that has a strong research component is recognised as a key foundation of any modern health system. General practitioners (GPs) are more likely to collaborate in rese...

    Authors: Andrew O’Regan, Peter Hayes, Ray O’Connor, Monica Casey, Pat O’Dwyer, Aidan Culhane, Patrick O’Donnell, Gary Stack, John Cuddihy, Billy O’Connell, Jerry O’Flynn, Walter Cullen, Jane O’Doherty, Maurice O’Connell and Liam Glynn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:25

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  19. Following publication of the original article [1], the authors opted to remove the authors full name from:

    Authors: N. Verbiest-van Gurp, D. van Mil, H. A. M. van Kesteren, J. A. Knottnerus and H. E. J. H. Stoffers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:24

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    The original article was published in BMC Family Practice 2019 20:175

  20. Patient information materials and decision aids are essential tools for helping patients make informed decisions and share in decision-making. The aim of this study was to investigate the quality of the writte...

    Authors: Nicole Posch, Karl Horvath, Kerstin Wratschko, Jasper Plath, Richard Brodnig and Andrea Siebenhofer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:23

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  21. Among other factors, the patients’ consultation reasons and GPs’ spectrum of services determine the process and outcome of the medical treatment. So far, however, there has been little information on differenc...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Heike Hansen, Thomas Ruppel, Dagmar Lühmann, Hans-Otto Wagner, Agata Kazek and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:22

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  22. While cigarette smoking has been considered the most relevant tobacco product worldwide, waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) has increased in prevalence globally and calls for more considerable attention now. Howe...

    Authors: Maya Romani, Sarah Jawhar, Manar Shalak and Jumana Antoun

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:21

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  23. Patient safety issues in primary health care and in emergency departments have not been as thoroughly explored as patient safety issues in the hospital setting. Knowledge is particularly sparse regarding which...

    Authors: Rita Fernholm, Martin J. Holzmann, Caroline Wachtler, Robert Szulkin, Axel C. Carlsson and Karin Pukk Härenstam

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:20

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  24. A Model Programme of primary care group practices was implemented in Hungary between 2013 and 2017 – where virtually all GPs had worked in single practices – aiming to increase preventive service uptake and re...

    Authors: Karolina Kósa, Cintia Katona, Magor Papp, Gergely Fürjes, János Sándor, Klára Bíró and Róza Ádány

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:19

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  25. Overweight in children is a rising problem leading to serious consequences later in life. The Dutch guideline ‘Obesity’ for general practitioners recommends discussing obesity in children regardless of the rea...

    Authors: Joline C. van der Maas, Ronald J. Corbee, Floor M. Kroese, Denise T. D. de Ridder, Rimke C. Vos, Mirjam Nielen and Evelyn Monninkhof

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:18

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  26. Despite an unparalleled global refugee crisis, there are almost no studies in primary care addressing real-world conditions and longer courses of treatment that are typical when resettled refugees present to t...

    Authors: Andrea K. Northwood, Maria M. Vukovich, Alison Beckman, Jeffrey P. Walter, Novia Josiah, Leora Hudak, Kathleen O’Donnell Burrows, James P. Letts and Christine C. Danner

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:17

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  27. Following publication of the original article [1], the authors opted to correct the name of co-author Amra Zalihić from Zahilić to Zalihić. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Geoffrey Hodgetts, Glenn Brown, Olivera Batić-Mujanović, Larisa Gavran, Zaim Jatić, Maja Račić, Gordana Tešanović, Amra Zalihić, Mary Martin and Richard Birtwhistle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:16

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    The original article was published in BMC Family Practice 2020 21:7

  28. A community of clinical practice called the Online Communication Tool between Primary and Hospital Care (ECOPIH) was created to enable primary care and specialist care professionals to communicate with each other...

    Authors: David Lacasta Tintorer, Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, Ana Jiménez-Zarco, Teresa Rodríguez-Blanco, Souhel Flayeh Beneyto, Pere Torán-Monserrat, Xavier Mundet Tuduri and Francesc Saigí-Rubió

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:15

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  29. Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly used to assess impact of disease and treatment on quality of life and symptoms; however, their use in primary care is fragmented.

    Authors: Grace M. Turner, Ian Litchfield, Sam Finnikin, Olalekan Lee Aiyegbusi and Melanie Calvert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:14

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  30. Low job satisfaction, severe burnout and high turnover intention are found to be prevalent among the primary care providers (PCPs) in township health centers (THCs), but their associations have received scant ...

    Authors: Haipeng Wang, Yinzi Jin, Dan Wang, Shichao Zhao, Xingang Sang and Beibei Yuan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:12

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  31. Numerous instruments have been developed to assess patient reported outcomes; most approaches however focus on a single condition. With the increasing prevalence of multimorbidity, this might no longer be appr...

    Authors: Esther A. Boudewijns, Danny Claessens, Onno C. P. van Schayck, Lotte C. E. M. Keijsers, Philippe L. Salomé, Johannes C. C. M. in ‘t Veen, Henk J. G. Bilo and Annerika H. M. Gidding-Slok

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:11

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  32. In Germany, patients are consulting general practitioners increasingly frequently, resulting in a high burden on the healthcare system. This study aimed to identify factors associated with frequent primary car...

    Authors: Melanie Luppa, Jan Giersdorf, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Franziska Prütz and Alexander Rommel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:10

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  33. Over the last two decades, ultrasonography (US) has been shown to be an accurate tool for the diagnosis of suspected bone fractures; however, the integration of this application of US into routine care and out...

    Authors: Gordian Lukas Schmid, Beatrice Kühnast, Marcus Heise, Tobias Deutsch and Thomas Frese

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:9

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  34. It remains to be determined whether collaborative strategies to improve and sustain overall health in patients with heart failure (HF) are currently being adopted by health care professionals. We surveyed prim...

    Authors: Narlon C. Boa Sorte Silva, Roseanne W. Pulford, Douglas S. Lee and Robert J. Petrella

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:8

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  35. The wars that ravaged the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the 1990’s resulted in the near destruction of the healthcare system, including education of medical students and the training of sp...

    Authors: Geoffrey Hodgetts, Glenn Brown, Olivera Batić-Mujanović, Larisa Gavran, Zaim Jatić, Maja Račić, Gordana Tešanović, Amra Zahilić, Mary Martin and Richard Birtwhistle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:7

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2020 21:16

  36. In the Netherlands, euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide (EAS) is allowed if due care criteria are met. One criterion is consultation of a second independent physician, often SCEN physicians. The public de...

    Authors: Tessa D. Bergman, H. Roeline W. Pasman and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:6

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  37. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) in general practice involves applying a complex combination of best-available evidence, the patient’s preferences and the general practitioner’s (GP) clinical expertise in decisio...

    Authors: Lisanne S. Welink, Kaatje Van Roy, Roger A. M. J. Damoiseaux, Hilde A. Suijker, Peter Pype, Esther de Groot and Marie-Louise E. L. Bartelink

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:5

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  38. This study has two aims: first, to identify variables associated with interprofessional collaboration (IPC) among a total of 315 Quebec mental health (MH) professionals working in MH primary care teams (PCTs, N =...

    Authors: Nicolas Ndibu Muntu Keba Kebe, François Chiocchio, Jean-Marie Bamvita and Marie-Josée Fleury

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:4

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  39. Chronic conditions such as diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common and burdensome diseases primarily managed in primary care. Yet, evidence points to suboptimal quality of care for...

    Authors: Brigitte Vachon, Isabelle Gaboury, Matthew Menear, Marie-Pascale Pomey, Denis Roy, Lise Houle, Mylaine Breton, Arnaud Duhoux, Valérie Émond, Guylaine Giasson, Janusz Kaczorowski, France Légaré, Marie-Thérèse Lussier, Pierre Pluye and Alain Vanasse

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:3

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  40. General Practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to identify and manage emerging mental illness in young people, however, many report low levels of confidence in doing so. A web-based universal screening service...

    Authors: Belinda Louise Parker, Melinda Rose Achilles, Mirjana Subotic-Kerry and Bridianne O’Dea

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:2

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  41. Insomnia is a common sleep complaint, with 10% of adults in the general population experiencing insomnia disorder, defined as lasting longer than three months in DSM-5. Up to 50% of patients attending family p...

    Authors: Rowan P. Ogeil, Samantha P. Chakraborty, Alan C. Young and Dan I. Lubman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:1

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  42. Many general practitioners (GPs) struggle with the communication with patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). This study aims to identify GPs’ difficulties in communication during MUS consultations.

    Authors: Juul Houwen, Peter L. B. J. Lucassen, Anna Verwiel, Hugo W. Stappers, Willem J. J. Assendelft, Tim C. olde Hartman and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:180

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  43. Physicians who receive a request for euthanasia or assisted suicide may experience a conflict of duties: the duty to preserve life on the one hand and the duty to relieve suffering on the other hand. Little is...

    Authors: Kirsten Evenblij, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Johannes J. M. van Delden, Agnes van der Heide, Suzanne van de Vathorst, Dick L. Willems and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:177

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  44. Transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke are often considered transient events; however, many patients experience residual problems and reduced quality of life. Current follow-up healthcare focuses on...

    Authors: Grace M. Turner, Christel McMullan, Lou Atkins, Robbie Foy, Jonathan Mant and Melanie Calvert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:176

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  45. Detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) are important given the serious health consequences. AF may be silent or paroxysmal and remain undetected. It is unclear whether general practitioners (GPs) ...

    Authors: N. Verbiest - van Gurp, D. van Mil, H. A. M. van Kesteren, J. A. Knottnerus and H. E. J. H. Stoffers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:175

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Family Practice 2020 21:24

  46. The medical use of cannabis has been legislatively restricted for decades in the US and abroad. In recent years, changing local and national policies have given rise to a community of healthcare providers who ...

    Authors: Jamie Corroon, Michelle Sexton and Ryan Bradley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:174

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  47. Little is known about whether a more comprehensive health assessment, performed by a general practitioner (GP) during a clinical encounter, could influence patients’ lifestyle. We aimed to investigate whether ...

    Authors: David Alejandro Gonzalez-Chica, Jacqueline Bowden, Caroline Miller, Marie Longo, Mark Nelson, Christopher Reid and Nigel Stocks

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2019 20:173

    Content type: Research article

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