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  1. In the Netherlands, community-dwelling older people with primary care emergency problems contact the General Practitioner Cooperative (GPC) after hours. However, frailty remains an often unobserved hazard with...

    Authors: Anneke Bloemhoff, Yvonne Schoon, Kien Smulders, Reinier Akkermans, Lilian C. M. Vloet, Karin van den Berg and Sivera A. A. Berben

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:171

    Content type: Research article

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  2. General Practitioners’ (GPs) readiness to implement screening and brief intervention (SBI) to treat patients with excessive alcohol consumption is low. Several studies identified crucial barriers such as insuf...

    Authors: Thomas Fankhaenel, Katrin Schulz, Lars-Eric Petersen, Andreas Klement and Thomas Frese

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:170

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Obesity is one of the most common and relevant health problems in need of urgent action in Germany. General practitioners (GPs) are the initial contact and thus one of the most important starting points for th...

    Authors: Maria Schwenke, Melanie Luppa, Alexander Pabst, Franziska D. Welzel, Margrit Löbner, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:169

    Content type: Research article

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  4. As the number of elderly and multimorbid patients increases, healthcare has become more complex. This requires good coordination of treatment and care given the various  health care professionals involved (e.g...

    Authors: Christine Arnold, Patrick Hennrich, Jan Koetsenruijter, Jan van Lieshout, Frank Peters-Klimm and Michel Wensing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:168

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and impacts psychosocial wellbeing negatively. Many do not seek medical attention and several barriers for healthcare seeking with ED exist. Little is known about the associ...

    Authors: Sanne Rasmussen, Kirubakaran Balasubramaniam, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, Jens Søndergaard and Peter Fentz Haastrup

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:166

    Content type: Research article

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  6. As a large number of Community Health Service (CHS) centers in China face the majority of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), primary care physicians (PCPs) play a primary role in the preven...

    Authors: Shasha Ye, Tianhao Wang, Arthur Liu, Ying Yu, Zhigang Pan and Jie Gu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:165

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Primary care systems around the world have implemented nurse practitioners (NPs) to ensure access to high quality care in times of general practitioner (GP) shortages and changing health care needs of a multim...

    Authors: Stefan Gysin, Rahel Meier, Anneke van Vught, Christoph Merlo, Armin Gemperli and Stefan Essig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:164

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Guidelines that detail preventive measures against Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and influenza are published annually in France to decrease the risk of severe in...

    Authors: Charlotte Quéffélec, Louis Billet, Pierre Duffau, Estibaliz Lazaro, Irène Machelart, Carine Greib, Jean-François Viallard, Jean-Luc Pellegrin and Etienne Rivière

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:163

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Malaysia has committed to the global call to achieve universal health coverage, and with the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals, is further strengthening the health system through the primary health car...

    Authors: Ainul Nadziha Mohd Hanafiah, Mohammad Zabri Johari and Syafinas Azam

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:162

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Medical overuse is an issue that has recently gained attention. The “Choosing Wisely” campaign invited each specialty in each country to create its own top five lists of care procedures with a negative benefit...

    Authors: Agnès Hazard, Lucie Fournier, Louise Rossignol, Nathalie Pelletier Fleury, Corentin Hervé, Thibaud Pitel, Cécile Pino, Olivier Saint-Lary, Thomas Hanslik, Thierry Blanchon and Mathilde François

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:161

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Deprescribing of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can be considered in situations where the drug may no longer be necessary; however, this requires a careful discussion between patients and healthcare providers, ...

    Authors: Wade Thompson, Malene Nissen, Peter Haastrup, Jette Videbæk Le, Carina Lundby, Jesper Bo Nielsen and Dorte Ejg Jarbøl

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:160

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Chronic lifestyle-related-diseases can be prevented by healthy lifestyle. Patients at high risk of disease may benefit from targeted health checks in general practice. However, general-practice-based-studies h...

    Authors: Caroline Braad Hansen, Kristian Møller Hornbæk Pavlovic, Jens Sondergaard and Trine Thilsing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:159

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Studies report that increased levels of patient activation is associated with increased engagement with the health care system, better adherence to treatment protocols, and improved health outcomes. This study...

    Authors: James Rufus John, W Kathy Tannous and Amanda Jones

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:158

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Dutch child and youth health care (CYHC) practitioners monitor and assess the well-being of children. One of their main concerns is identifying cases of child abuse, which is an arduous and sensitive task. In ...

    Authors: Jetske C. Erisman, Kevin de Sabbata, Teun Zuiderent-Jerak and Elena V. Syurina

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:157

    Content type: Research article

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  15. General practitioners (GPs) regularly feel challenged by the care of depressed patients and may encounter several barriers in providing best management. GPs’ perspectives on barriers to depression care are a s...

    Authors: Arun Senchyna, Milena Abbiati, Juliette Chambe, Dagmar M. Haller and Hubert Maisonneuve

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:156

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Domestic violence is common in the community. Many of its victims present to primary care physicians (PCPs) but are not being recognized and managed. The barriers, with specific reference to a Chinese cultural...

    Authors: Tai Pong Lam, Hoi Yan Chan, Leon Piterman, Mei Wa Wong, Kai Sing Sun, Kwok Fai Lam, Tak Hon Chan, Wu Dan and Agnes Tiwari

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:155

    Content type: Research article

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  17. While motives for emergency department (ED) self-referrals have been investigated in a number of studies, the relevance of general practitioner (GP) care for these patients has not been comprehensively evaluat...

    Authors: Sarah Oslislo, Christoph Heintze, Martin Möckel, Liane Schenk and Felix Holzinger

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:154

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Patients with serious mental illness (SMI) and patients on antipsychotics (AP) have an elevated risk for cardiovascular diseases. In the Netherlands, the mental healthcare for these patients is increasingly ta...

    Authors: Kirsti M. Jakobs, Anne Posthuma, Wim J. C. de Grauw, Bianca W. M. Schalk, Reinier P. Akkermans, Peter Lucassen, Tjard Schermer, Willem J. J. Assendelft and Marion J. C. Biermans

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:153

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Multimorbidity (MM) is one of the major challenges health systems currently face. Management of time length of a medical consultation with a patient with MM is a matter of concern for doctors.

    Authors: Ana Carolina Reis Tadeu, Inês Rosendo Carvalho e Silva Caetano, Inês Jorge de Figueiredo and Luiz Miguel Santiago

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:152

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Primary care visits can serve many purposes and potentially influence health behaviors. Although previous studies suggest that increasing primary care provider numbers may be beneficial, the mechanism responsi...

    Authors: Jeffrey Hostetter, Nolan Schwarz, Marilyn Klug, Joshua Wynne and Marc D. Basson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:151

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Multimorbidity is frequently encountered in primary care and is associated with increasing use of healthcare services. The Andersen Behavioral Model of Health Services Use is a multilevel framework classifying...

    Authors: Mia Messi, Yolanda Mueller, Dagmar M. Haller, Andreas Zeller, Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Sven Streit, Bernard Burnand and Lilli Herzig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:150

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Due to demographic change within an aging population as announced by the WHO, the involvement of caregivers is essential. Caregivers are required to change their roles within the family unit. Such life transit...

    Authors: Marie-Conception Leocadie, Jean-Manuel Morvillers, Sophie Pautex and Monique Rothan-Tondeur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:149

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Preliminary evaluations have found that family doctor contract services (FDCSs) have significantly controlled medical expenses, better managed chronic diseases, and increased patient satisfaction and service c...

    Authors: Peipei Fu, Yi Wang, Shimeng Liu, Jiajia Li, Qiufeng Gao, Chengchao Zhou, Qingyue Meng and Sean Sylvia

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:148

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Epidemic chronic diseases pose significant challenges to the improvement of healthcare in China and worldwide. Despite increasing international calls for the inclusion of evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) ...

    Authors: Feng Fan, Zhaoxin Wang, Dehua Yu, Chen Chen, Delei Shen, Zhaohu Yu, Xin Liu, Huining Zhou and Jianwei Shi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:147

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  25. The service capacity of primary care has improved in China. General practice also takes growing responsibility in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus, but there are concerns about the paucity of evidenc...

    Authors: Guanghui Jin, Yun Wei, Yanli Liu, Feiyue Wang, Meirong Wang, Yali Zhao, Juan Du, Shuqi Cui and Xiaoqin Lu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:146

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Social and environmental factors in advanced heart failure (HF) patients may be crucial to cope with the end stages of the disease. This study analyzes health inequalities and mortality according to place of r...

    Authors: Miguel-Angel Muñoz, Raquel Garcia, Elena Navas, Julio Duran, José-Luis Del Val-Garcia and José-Maria Verdú-Rotellar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:145

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Demand on hospital emergency departments for paediatric problems is increasing. However, the volume and nature of paediatric health demands placed on other parts of the urgent care system have not been explore...

    Authors: George Edwards, Rachel Brettell, Chris Bird, Helen Hunt, Dan Lasserson and Gail Hayward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:144

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The responsibility for helping patients understand potential health benefits and risks, especially regarding screening tests, falls largely to general practitioners (GPs). The Berlin Numeracy Test (BNT) specif...

    Authors: Hendrik Friederichs, Roman Birkenstein, Jan C. Becker, Bernhard Marschall and Anne Weissenstein

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:143

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is an incentive scheme for general practice, which was introduced across the UK in 2004. The Quality and Outcomes Framework is one of the biggest pay for performance (P...

    Authors: Nagina Khan, David Rudoler, Mary McDiarmid and Stephen Peckham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:142

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The potential value of expanding the Practice Nurse role to include the recognition and management of dementia has been acknowledged. Practice Nurses are well-positioned to provide comprehensive dementia infor...

    Authors: Caroline Gibson, Dianne Goeman and Dimity Pond

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:141

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Transitioning from pediatric care to adult-oriented care at age 18 (the age of transfer in most countries and jurisdictions) is a complex process for adolescents and young adults affected by chronic physical h...

    Authors: Kyleigh Schraeder, Gina Dimitropoulos, Kerry McBrien, Jessica Yijia Li and Susan Samuel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:140

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) is an important modifiable risk factor for recurrent stroke. Secondary prevention measures when implemented can reduce stroke re-occurrence by 80%. However, hypertension contro...

    Authors: Róisín Doogue, David McCann, Noirin Fitzgerald, Andrew W. Murphy, Liam G. Glynn and Peter Hayes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:139

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Amidst increased pressures on General Practice across England, the receptionist continues to fulfil key administrative and clinically related tasks. The need for more robust support for these key personnel to ...

    Authors: Michael Burrows, Nicola Gale, Sheila Greenfield and Ian Litchfield

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:138

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Family practice and family doctors are critical part of China’s primary healthcare delivery in a constantly evolving society. As the first point of contact with the medical system, family practices require phy...

    Authors: Xinglong Xu, Lulin Zhou, Henry Asante-Antwi, Ama Boafo-Arthur and Tehzeeb Mustafa

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:137

    Content type: Research article

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  35. As part of a broader study to improve the capacity for advance care planning (ACP) in primary healthcare settings, the research team set out to develop and validate a computerized algorithm to help primary car...

    Authors: Cynthia Kendell, Jyoti Kotecha, Mary Martin, Han Han, Margaret Jorgensen and Robin Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:136

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Clinical coordination across care levels is a priority for health systems around the world, especially for those based on primary health care. The aim of this study is to analyse the degree of clinical informa...

    Authors: Laura Esteve-Matalí, Ingrid Vargas, Elvira Sánchez, Isabel Ramon, Pere Plaja and María-Luisa Vázquez

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:135

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Work stress is an increasing burden in society. Identifying early symptoms of work stress in primary healthcare (PHC) could result in earlier and better-targeted care. The Work Stress Questionnaire (WSQ) was d...

    Authors: Christine Sandheimer, Tove Hedenrud, Gunnel Hensing and Kristina Holmgren

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:133

    Content type: Research article

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  38. General practitioners (GPs) often manage individuals with work-related common mental disorders (CMD: depressive disorders, anxiety and alcohol abuse). However, little is known about the ways in which they proc...

    Authors: M. Rivière, Y. Toullic, P. Lerouge, T. Blanchon, A. Leroyer, L. Plancke, T. Prazuck, M. Melchior and N. Younès

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:132

    Content type: Research article

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  39. General practitioners (GPs) increasingly manage patients with multimorbidity but report challenges in doing so. Patients describe poor experiences with health care systems that treat each of their health condi...

    Authors: Raechel A. Damarell, Deidre D. Morgan and Jennifer J. Tieman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:131

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  40. Rectal bleeding and a change in bowel habits are considered to be alarm symptoms for colorectal cancer and they are also common symptoms for inflammatory bowel disease. However, most patients with these sympto...

    Authors: Cecilia Högberg, Pontus Karling, Jörgen Rutegård and Mikael Lilja

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:129

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Due to the perennial shortage of diabetes specialists, primary care physicians (PCPs) constitute the largest diabetes care manpower in Nigeria. However, the competence of the PCPs to undertake this task is not...

    Authors: Ejiofor Ugwu, Ekenechukwu Young and Marcellinus Nkpozi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:128

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Ultrasound imaging is utilized in Swiss primary care; however, little is known regarding the extent to which it is performed. With this study, we aim to (1) provide an overview of ultrasound use by general pra...

    Authors: Dima Touhami, Christoph Merlo, Joachim Hohmann and Stefan Essig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:127

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Mental health problems is frequent among children and psychopathology in early childhood seems to predict mental disorders in adulthood. All Danish children are offered seven free well-child visits at their Ge...

    Authors: Julie Ravneberg Stokholm and Kirsten Lykke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:126

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Urinary tract infections are one of the most common reasons for prescribing antibiotics in primary care. Current guidelines recommend fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, or trimethoprim - sulfamethoxazol as empiric fi...

    Authors: Andreas Plate, Andreas Kronenberg, Martin Risch, Yolanda Mueller, Stefania Di Gangi, Thomas Rosemann and Oliver Senn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:125

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  45. Between 10 and 50% of primary care patients present with persistent physical symptoms (PPS). Patients with PPS tend to utilize excessive or inappropriate health care services, while being stuck in a deleteriou...

    Authors: Dennis Fried, Lisa M. McAndrew, Drew A. Helmer, Sarah Markowitz and Karen S. Quigley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:124

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  46. General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly affected by stress-related complaints and burnout. Although many studies have addressed this issue, little is known about the stress burden and burnout rates of pos...

    Authors: Till J. Bugaj, Katja Krug, Annalena Rentschler, Christoph Nikendei, Joachim Szecsenyi and Simon Schwill

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:123

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  47. This study aimed to investigate the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care+ (PACIC+) which is a tool to assess care for Chronic Conditions combining PACIC items with an overall 5As score derived from the ‘...

    Authors: Maria Malliarou, Eleni Bakola, Athanasios Nikolentzos and Pavlos Sarafis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:122

    Content type: Research article

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