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  1. CHD is a chronic disease often present years prior to incident AMI. Earlier recognition of CHD may be associated with higher levels of recognition and treatment of CHD risk factors that may delay incident AMI....

    Authors: Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Roy A Yawn, Steven J Jacobsen and Veronique Roger

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:18

    Content type: Research article

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  2. An estimated one-half of Americans have limited health literacy skills. Low literacy has been associated with less receipt of preventive services, but its impact on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is unclear...

    Authors: David P Miller Jr, Caroline D Brownlee, Thomas P McCoy and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:16

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Most antibiotic prescriptions for acute cough due to lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) in primary care are not warranted. Diagnostic uncertainty and patient expectations and worries are major drivers o...

    Authors: Jochen WL Cals, Rogier M Hopstaken, Christopher C Butler, Kerenza Hood, Johan L Severens and Geert-Jan Dinant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:15

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. The education and activation program (EAP) is a newly developed intervention to prevent the development of chronic shoulder complaints (SCs). Trained general practitioners (GPs) administer the EAP. The EAP add...

    Authors: Camiel De Bruijn, Rob de Bie, Jacques Geraets, Marielle Goossens, Albère Köke, Wim van den Heuvel and Geert-Jan Dinant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:13

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The aim of this study was to assess the impact that Academic Detailing (AD) had on General Practitioners' use of diagnostic imaging for shoulder complaints in general practice and their knowledge and confidenc...

    Authors: Norm A Broadhurst, Christopher A Barton, Debra Rowett, Lisa Yelland, David K Martin, Angela Gialamas and Justin J Beilby

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:12

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Shared decision-making has been advocated; however there are relatively few studies on physician preferences for, and experiences of, different styles of clinical decision-making as most research has focused o...

    Authors: Elizabeth Murray, Lance Pollack, Martha White and Bernard Lo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:10

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Optimal clinical management of childhood urinary tract infections (UTI) potentiates long-term positive health effects. Insight into the quality of care in Dutch family practices for UTIs was limited, particula...

    Authors: Mirjam Harmsen, Michel Wensing, Jozé CC Braspenning, René J Wolters, Johannes C van der Wouden and Richard PTM Grol

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:9

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The definition of primary care varies between countries. Swedish primary care has developed from a philosophic viewpoint based on quality, accessibility, continuity, co-operation and a holistic view. The meani...

    Authors: Eva Lena Strandberg, Ingvar Ovhed, Lars Borgquist and Susan Wilhelmsson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:8

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In most states, mental illness costs are an increasing share of Medicaid expenditures. Specialized depression care managers (CM) have consistently demonstrated improvements in patient outcomes relative to usua...

    Authors: Suzanne E Landis, Bradley N Gaynes, Joseph P Morrissey, Nina Vinson, Alan R Ellis and Marisa E Domino

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:7

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Warfarin is used for the prevention of stroke in chronic atrial fibrillation. The product has a narrow therapeutic index and to obtain treatment success, patients must be maintained within a given therapeutic ...

    Authors: Ingela Björholt, Stina Andersson, Gunnar H Nilsson and Ingvar Krakau

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:6

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The reasons why patients decide to consult a general practitioner vary enormously. While there may be individual reasons for this variation, the family context has a significant and unique influence upon the f...

    Authors: Mieke Cardol, Liset van Dijk, Wil JHM van den Bosch, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Dinny H de Bakker and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:4

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Many drug users present to primary care requesting detoxification from illicit opiates. There are a number of detoxification agents but no recommended drug of choice. The purpose of this study is to compare bu...

    Authors: Nat MJ Wright, Laura Sheard, Charlotte NE Tompkins, Clive E Adams, Victoria L Allgar and Nicola S Oldham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:3

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Depression guidelines in the UK recommended a policy of watchful waiting for mild depression due to a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of antidepressant treatment for mild cases. However there has been r...

    Authors: Judy Chatwin and Tony Kendrick

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:2

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. General practitioners often take their impression of patients' expectations into account in their decision to have blood tests done. It is commonly recommended to involve patients in decision-making during con...

    Authors: Marloes A van Bokhoven, Marjolein CH Pleunis-van Empel, Hèlen Koch, Richard PTM Grol, Geert-Jan Dinant and Trudy van der Weijden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:75

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Nowadays, nurses play a central role in telephone triage in Dutch out-of-hours primary care. The percentage of calls that is handled through nurse telephone advice alone (NTAA) appears to vary substantially be...

    Authors: Eric Peter Moll van Charante, Gerben ter Riet, Sara Drost, Loes van der Linden, Niek S Klazinga and Patrick JE Bindels

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:74

    Content type: Research article

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  16. A good patient-physician interaction is particularly important in chronic diseases like diabetes. There are so far no published data regarding the interaction between the primary health-care providers and pati...

    Authors: Nadia Abdulhadi, Mohammed Ali Al-Shafaee, Claes-Göran Östenson, Åsa Vernby and Rolf Wahlström

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:72

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The extra workload induced by patients with mental health problems may sometimes cause GPs to be reluctant to become involved in mental health care. It is known that dealing with patients' mental health proble...

    Authors: Else M Zantinge, Peter FM Verhaak, Dinny H de Bakker, Klaas van der Meer and Jozien M Bensing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:71

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The objectives of this study were twofold (i) to develop the Diabetes Manual, a self-management educational intervention aimed at improving biomedical and psychosocial outcomes (ii) to produce early phase evid...

    Authors: Jackie Sturt, Hafrun Taylor, Andrea Docherty, Jeremy Dale and Taylor Louise

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:70

    Content type: Research article

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  19. To date, evidence-based recommendations help doctors to manage patients with heart failure (HF). However, the implementation of these recommendations in primary care is still problematic as beneficial drugs ar...

    Authors: Martin Scherer, Cordula Sobek, Dirk Wetzel, Janka Koschack and Michael M Kochen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:69

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The descriptive information now available for primary care in the UK is unique in international terms. Under the 'Quality and Outcomes Framework' (QOF), data for 147 performance indicators are available for ea...

    Authors: Mark Ashworth and David Armstrong

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:68

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Warfarin is used for the prevention and treatment of various thromboembolic complications. It is an efficacious anticoagulant, but it has a narrow therapeutic range, and regular monitoring is required to ensur...

    Authors: Stina Andersson, Ingela Björholt, Gunnar H Nilsson and Ingvar Krakau

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:67

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Preconception counselling (PCC) can reduce adverse pregnancy outcome by addressing risk factors prior to pregnancy. This study explores whether anxiety is induced in women either by the offer of PCC or by part...

    Authors: LC de Jong-Potjer, J Elsinga, S le Cessie, KM van der Pal-de Bruin, A Knuistingh Neven, SE Buitendijk and WJJ Assendelft

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:66

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Few patients with lower bowel symptoms who consult their general practitioner need a specialist opinion. However data from referred patients suggest that those who are referred would benefit from detailed asse...

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Paul Skinner, Akinoso Olujimi Coker, Lindsey Shaw, Michael J Campbell and Joanne Thompson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:65

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Interventions to change practice patterns among health care professionals have had mixed success. We tested the effectiveness of a practice centered intervention to increase screening for domestic violence in ...

    Authors: Denise E Bonds, Shellie D Ellis, Erin Weeks, Shana L Palla and Peter Lichstein

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:63

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Departing from the hypotheses that over the past decades patients have become more active participants and physicians have become more task-oriented, this study tries to identify shifts in GP and patient commu...

    Authors: Jozien M Bensing, Fred Tromp, Sandra van Dulmen, Atie van den Brink-Muinen, William Verheul and François G Schellevis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:62

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Publication of results from the Women's Health Initiative study in July 2002 was a landmark event in biomedical science related to postmenopausal women. The purpose of this study was to describe the impact of ...

    Authors: Linda M French, Mindy A Smith, Jodi S Holtrop and Margaret Holmes-Rovner

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:61

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The quality of health care and its costs have been a subject of considerable attention and lively discussion. Various methods have been introduced to measure, assess, and improve the quality of health care. Ma...

    Authors: Eva Lena Strandberg, Ingvar Ovhed, Anders Håkansson and Margareta Troein

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:60

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The quality of the relationship with the spouse/partner appears crucial among patients with multiple chronic conditions where illness management is complex and multifaceted. This study draws on data from the Q...

    Authors: Hassan Soubhi, Martin Fortin and Catherine Hudon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:59

    Content type: Research article

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  29. In most European countries and North America the number of home visits carried out by GPs has been decreasing sharply. This has been influenced by non-medical factors such as mobility and pressures on time. Th...

    Authors: Michael J van den Berg, Mieke Cardol, Frans JM Bongers and Dinny H de Bakker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:58

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The objective of this study was to estimate the (selective) proportion of patients consulting their GP for an episode of gastroenteritis for whom laboratory tests were requested. In addition adherence of GPs t...

    Authors: Winette E van den Brandhof, Aad IM Bartelds, Marion PG Koopmans and Yvonne THP van Duynhoven

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:56

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Almost all societies carry responsibility towards patients who require continuous medical care at home. In many health systems the general practitioner cooperates with community based services of home care and...

    Authors: Gustav Kamenski, Waltraud Fink, Manfred Maier, Ingrid Pichler and Sonja Zehetmayer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:55

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Double-blind randomised N-of-1 trials (N-of-1 trials) may help with decisions concerning treatment when there is doubt regarding the effectiveness and suitability of medication for individual patients. The pat...

    Authors: Anke CM Wegman, Daniëlle AWM van der Windt, Wim AB Stalman and Theo PGM de Vries

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:54

    Content type: Debate

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  33. The National Health Service Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is to be introduced in England during 2006. General Practitioners are a potentially important point of contact for participants throughout the scree...

    Authors: Chris Woodrow, Linda Rozmovits, Paul Hewitson, Peter Rose, Joan Austoker and Eila Watson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:53

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Sepsis or bacteraemia, however rare, is a significant cause of high mortality and serious complications in children. In previous studies skin disease or skin infections were reported as risk factor. We hypothe...

    Authors: Robbert SA Mohammedamin, Johannes C van der Wouden, Sander Koning, Sten P Willemsen, Roos MD Bernsen, François G Schellevis, Lisette WA van Suijlekom-Smit and Bart W Koes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:52

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Little is known about the impact of the recent varicella vaccine shortage. To assess the temporal trend in varicella vaccine administration before 18 and 24 months of age in a community cohort of children prio...

    Authors: Barbara P Yawn, Clayton Schroeder, Peter Wollan, Liliana Rocca, Rick Zimmerman and Barbara Bardenheier

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:51

    Content type: Research article

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  36. There are a wide variety of medications available for the treatment of hyperglycemia in diabetes, including some categories developed in recent years. The goals of this study were to describe the glycemic medi...

    Authors: Charles D MacLean, Benjamin Littenberg and Amanda G Kennedy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:50

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Family doctors have been ascribed a role in monitoring patients and their informal caregivers. Little is known about the factors that might alert physicians to changing circumstances or needs of the caregivers...

    Authors: Maida J Sewitch, Mark J Yaffe, Jane McCusker and Antonio Ciampi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:46

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The Diabetes Manual is a type 2 diabetes self-management programme based upon the clinically effective 'Heart Manual'. The 12 week programme is a complex intervention theoretically underpinned by self-efficacy...

    Authors: Jackie Sturt, Hilary Hearnshaw, Andrew Farmer, Jeremy Dale and Sandra Eldridge

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:45

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. To determine the effectiveness of a single checklist reminder form to improve the delivery of preventive health services at adult health check-ups in a family practice setting.

    Authors: Vinita Dubey, Roy Mathew, Karl Iglar, Rahim Moineddin and Richard Glazier

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:44

    Content type: Research article

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