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  1. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of pain is very common in the oldest age group. Managing pain successfully is a key topic in primary care, especially within the ageing population. Different care settings might have an impact o...

    Authors: Tina Mallon, Annette Ernst, Christian Brettschneider, Hans-Helmut König, Tobias Luck, Susanne Röhr, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Edelgard Mösch, Dagmar Weeg, Angela Fuchs, Michael Pentzek, Luca Kleineidam, Kathrin Heser, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Wolfgang Maier…

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:85

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    Exploring frontline staff perceptions of patient safety is important, because they largely determine how improvement interventions are understood and implemented. However, research evidence in this area is ver...

    Authors: Carl de Wet, Paul Bowie and Catherine O’Donnell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:83

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    Providing relevant information on disease and self-management helps patients to seek timely contact with care providers and become actively involved in their own care process. Therefore, health professionals f...

    Authors: Aniek A. O. M. Claassen, Henk J. Schers, Sander Koëter, Willemijn H. van der Laan, Keetie C. A. L. C. Kremers-van de Hei, Joris Botman, Vincent J. J. F. Busch, Wim H. C. Rijnen and Cornelia H. M. van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:82

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Guideline adherence in chronic kidney disease management is low, despite guideline implementation initiatives. Knowing general practitioners’ (GPs’) perspectives of management of early-stage chronic kidney dis...

    Authors: Carola van Dipten, Saskia van Berkel, Wim J. C. de Grauw, Nynke D. Scherpbier-de Haan, Bouke Brongers, Karel van Spaendonck, Jack F. M. Wetzels, Willem J. J. Assendelft and Marianne K. Dees

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:81

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Assessment of chest pain in general practice is challenging. General practitioners (GPs) often feel uncertainty when dealing with chest pain. The role of new diagnostic tools is yet unclear.

    Authors: Leen Biesemans, Lotte E. Cleef, Robert T. A. Willemsen, Beatrijs B. N. Hoorweg, Walter S. Renier, Frank Buntinx, Jan F. C. Glatz and Geert-Jan Dinant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:80

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. NICE guidelines on recognition and referral of suspected cancer, recommend performing digital rectal examination (DRE) on patients with urinary sympt...

    Authors: Daniel Jones, Charlotte Friend, Andreas Dreher, Victoria Allgar and Una Macleod

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:79

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Collaborative care treatment is widely recognized as an effective approach to improve the quality of mental healthcare through enhanced and structured collaboration between general practice and specialized psy...

    Authors: Marlene Christina Rosengaard Møller, Anna Mygind and Flemming Bro

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:78

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  8. Content type: Research article

    QUALICOPC is an international survey of primary care performance. QUALICOPC data have been used in several studies, yet the representativeness of the Canadian QUALICOPC survey is unknown, potentially limiting ...

    Authors: Allanah Li, Shawna Cronin, Yu Qing Bai, Kevin Walker, Mehdi Ammi, William Hogg, Sabrina T. Wong and Walter P. Wodchis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:77

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In managing a life with coronary heart disease and the possibility of planning and following a rehabilitation plan, patients’ empowerment and self-efficacy are considered important. However, currently there is...

    Authors: Anita Kärner Köhler, Pia Tingström, Tiny Jaarsma and Staffan Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:76

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Practice facilitation is increasingly used to support guideline implementation and practice development in primary care and there is a need to explore how this implementation approach works in real-life settings.

    Authors: Tina Drud Due, Marius Brostrøm Kousgaard, Frans Boch Waldorff and Thorkil Thorsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:75

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  11. Content type: Research article

    High turnover among general practitioners (GPs) is a significant challenge in China’s efforts to build a sustainable, effective primary care system, but little data is available to help understand and address ...

    Authors: Yong Gan, Yanhong Gong, Yawen Chen, Shiyi Cao, Liqing Li, Yanfeng Zhou, Chulani Herath, Wenzhen Li, Xingyue Song, Jing Li, Tingting Yang, Xiaoxv Yin and Zuxun Lu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:74

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Falls and the resulting complications are common among frail older adults. We aimed to explore risk factors and potential prevention strategies for falls in elderly residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF).

    Authors: Emily J. Cameron, Susan K. Bowles, Emily Gard Marshall and Melissa K. Andrew

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:73

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Primary care is changing rapidly to meet the needs of an ageing and chronically ill population. New ways of working are called for yet the introduction of innovative service interventions is complicated by org...

    Authors: Ian Litchfield, Paramjit Gill, Tony Avery, Stephen Campbell, Katherine Perryman, Kate Marsden and Sheila Greenfield

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:72

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Cluster randomized controlled trials are often used in research in primary care but creates challenges regarding biases and confounders. We recently presented a study on low back pain from primary care in Norw...

    Authors: Erik L. Werner, Ida Løchting, Kjersti Storheim and Margreth Grotle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:71

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Despite the recommended guidelines on addressing diet for the management and prevention of obesity in primary care, the literature highlights that their implementation has been suboptimal. In this paper, we pr...

    Authors: Stephanie Aboueid, Ivy Bourgeault and Isabelle Giroux

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:69

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing need for community-based services for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Memory clinic (MC) teams in primary care settings have been established to provide care t...

    Authors: Linda Sheiban, Paul Stolee, Carrie McAiney and Veronique Boscart

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:68

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. Unfortunately, its mortality is high in Hungary: 9.2 deaths /100000 women/year in 2015. The Hungarian organized, nationwide cervical screening program was launched in ...

    Authors: Anikó Gyulai, Attila Nagy, Vera Pataki, Dóra Tonté, Róza Ádány and Zoltán Vokó

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:67

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Faced with patients suffering from more than one chronic condition, or multimorbidity, general practitioners (GPs) must establish diagnostic and treatment priorities. Patients also set their own priorities to ...

    Authors: Anouk Déruaz-Luyet, Alexandra A. N’Goran, Jérôme Pasquier, Bernard Burnand, Patrick Bodenmann, Stefan Zechmann, Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Nicolas Senn, Daniel Widmer, Sven Streit, Andreas Zeller, Dagmar M. Haller and Lilli Herzig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:66

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Inappropriate prescription of antibiotics is the leading driver of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The majority of antibiotics are prescribed in primary care.

    Authors: Gloria Córdoba, Anne Holm, Tina Møller Sørensen, Volkert Siersma, Håkon Sandholdt, Marjukka Makela, Niels Frimodt-Møller and Lars Bjerrum

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:65

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Over one million asylum seekers were registered in Germany in 2016, most from Syria and Afghanistan. The Refugee Convention guarantees access to healthcare, however delivery mechanisms remain heterogeneous. Th...

    Authors: Laura F. Goodman, Guy W. Jensen, Joseph M. Galante, Diana L. Farmer and Stephanie Taché

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:64

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Malawi does not have validated tools for assessing primary care performance from patients’ experience. The aim of this study was to develop a Malawian version of Primary Care Assessment Tool (PCAT-Mw) and to e...

    Authors: Luckson Dullie, Eivind Meland, Øystein Hetlevik, Thomas Mildestvedt and Sturla Gjesdal

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:63

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Over the last 20 years, integrated care programs for frail elderly people aimed to prevent functional dependence and reduce hospitalization and institutionalization. However, results have been inconsistent and...

    Authors: Franca G. H. Ruikes, Eddy M. Adang, Willem J. J. Assendelft, Henk J. Schers, Raymond T. C. M. Koopmans and Sytse U. Zuidema

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:62

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Many tools exist to guide family physicians’ impressions about frailty status of older adults, but no single tool, instrument, or set of criteria has emerged as most useful. The role of physicians’ subjective ...

    Authors: Clara Korenvain, Ida-Maisie Famiyeh, Sheila Dunn, Cynthia R. Whitehead, Paula A. Rochon and Lisa M. McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:61

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Competencies in psychological techniques delivered by primary care nurses to support diabetes self-management were compared between the intervention and control arms of a cluster randomised controlled trial as...

    Authors: Nicholas Magill, Helen Graves, Nicole de Zoysa, Kirsty Winkley, Stephanie Amiel, Emma Shuttlewood, Sabine Landau and Khalida Ismail

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:60

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  25. Content type: Research article

    burnout syndrome is a significant problem in nursing professionals. Although, the unit where nurses work may influence burnout development. Nurses that work in primary care units may be at higher risk of burno...

    Authors: Carolina S. Monsalve-Reyes, Concepción San Luis-Costas, Jose L. Gómez-Urquiza, Luis Albendín-García, Raimundo Aguayo and Guillermo A. Cañadas-De la Fuente

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:59

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based preventive care recommendations have been well established, but studies have persistently reported gaps between these recommendations and general practitioners’ practices in providing preventive...

    Authors: Denise Y. S. Tam, Yvonne Y. C. Lo and Wendy Tsui

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:58

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In primary care 15% of patient encounters are perceived as challenging by general practitioners (GP). However it is unknown what impact these encounters have regarding job satisfaction. The aim of this study w...

    Authors: Katja Goetz, Janis Mahnkopf, Anna Kornitzky and Jost Steinhäuser

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:57

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The current reality of primary care (PC) makes it essential to have telemedicine systems available to facilitate communication between care levels. Communities of practice have great potential in terms of care...

    Authors: David Lacasta Tintorer, Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, Enriqueta Pujol-Rivera, Souhel Flayeh Beneyto, Xavier Mundet Tuduri and Francesc Saigí-Rubió

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:56

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  29. Content type: Research article

    In an attempt to deal with the pressures on the healthcare system and to guarantee sustainability, changes are needed. This study is focused on a cardiology Primary Care Plus intervention in which cardiologist...

    Authors: Tessa C. C. Quanjel, Jeroen N. Struijs, Marieke D. Spreeuwenberg, Caroline A. Baan and Dirk Ruwaard

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:55

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Gout is an increasingly prevalent form of inflammatory arthritis. Although effective treatments for gout exist, current management is suboptimal due to low medication adherence rates and treatments that are no...

    Authors: Allyce B. Counsell, Amy D. Nguyen, Melissa T. Baysari, Diluk R. W. Kannangara, Andrew J. McLachlan and Richard O. Day

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:54

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  31. Content type: Research article

    In the United States, the effective, safe huma papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine is underused and opportunities to prevent cancer continue to be missed. National guidelines recommend completing the 2–3 dose HPV va...

    Authors: Jane M. Garbutt, Sherry Dodd, Emily Walling, Amanda A. Lee, Katharine Kulka and Rebecca Lobb

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:53

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Few data exist to support the observation that general practitioners (GPs) occupy many important positions in our communities or to characterize which GPs devote more of their time to such activities. We sough...

    Authors: Julian Jakob, Christine Cohidon, Jacques Cornuz and Kevin Selby

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:52

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  33. Content type: Research article

    More and more older adults desire to and are enabled to grow old in their own home, regardless of their physical and mental capabilities. This change, together with the growing number of older adults, increase...

    Authors: Marleen H. Lovink, Anneke J. A. H. van Vught, Anke Persoon, Lisette Schoonhoven, Raymond T. C. M. Koopmans and Miranda G. H. Laurant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:51

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with poor glycaemic control can represent a challenge from the perspective of the general practitioner (GP). Apart from patient-sided factors, the understanding of...

    Authors: Anja Wollny, Michael Pentzek, Oliver Rudolf Herber, Heinz-Harald Abholz, Jürgen in der Schmitten, Andrea Icks, Stefan Wilm and Elisabeth Gummersbach

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:49

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Problematic translational gaps continue to exist between demonstrating the positive impact of healthcare interventions in research settings and their implementation into routine daily practice. The aim of this...

    Authors: Liam G. Glynn, Fergus Glynn, Monica Casey, Louise Gaffney Wilkinson, Patrick S. Hayes, David Heaney and Andrew W. M. Murphy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:48

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Western countries are facing the challenges of an imminent shortage of physicians, especially general practitioners. As a consequence longer travel times to doctors’ practices may arise. This study aimed to in...

    Authors: Lisa Schröder, Kristina Flägel, Katja Goetz and Jost Steinhäuser

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:47

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  37. Content type: Research article

    General practice care plays a key role in keeping healthcare effective and cost-efficient. However, variation in the utilization rates of practices may reveal variation in practice performance. Our research go...

    Authors: W. A. de Graaf-Ruizendaal, L. van der Hoek and D. H. de Bakker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:46

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Parkinson’s disease progressively limits patients at different levels and as a result family members play a key role in their care. However, studies show lack of an integrative approach in Primary Care to resp...

    Authors: M. V. Navarta-Sánchez, M. E. Ursua, M. Riverol Fernández, L. Ambrosio, M. Medina, S. Díaz de Cerio, M. J. Álvarez, J. M. Senosiain, A. Gorraiz, N. Caparrós, S. Anaut, R. Martín-Lanas, M. Recio and M. C. Portillo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:45

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  39. Content type: Research article

    There is only limited evidence to support care redefinition and role optimization processes needed for scaling up of a stronger primary care capacity.

    Authors: Damien Contandriopoulos, Mélanie Perroux, Aurore Cockenpot, Arnaud Duhoux and Emmanuelle Jean

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:44

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Due to the raised public awareness of Lyme Borreliosis (LB), its increased incidence and the increased availability of serological tests, the demand for diagnostic testing on LB has increased. This may affect ...

    Authors: Esmée Botman, C. Wim Ang, Johanna H. K. Joosten, Pauline Slottje, Johannes C. van der Wouden and Otto R. Maarsingh

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:43

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Encouraging early child development and the early identification of developmental difficulties is a priority. The Ministry of Health in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW), has recommended a program ...

    Authors: Pankaj Garg, My Trinh Ha, John Eastwood, Susan Harvey, Sue Woolfenden, Elisabeth Murphy, Cheryl Dissanayake, Katrina Williams, Bin Jalaludin, Anne McKenzie, Stewart Einfeld, Natalie Silove, Kate Short and Valsamma Eapen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:42

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  42. Content type: Research article

    In the western world, a growing number of the older people live at home. In the Netherlands, GPs are expected to play a pivotal role in the organization of integrated care for this patient group. However, litt...

    Authors: Sietske M. Grol, Gerard R. M. Molleman, Anne Kuijpers, Rob van der Sande, Gerdine A. J. Fransen, Willem J. J. Assendelft and Henk J. Schers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:40

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Self-efficacy has been shown to be positively correlated with self-care behaviour and glycaemic control among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, such evidence is lacking in the Malaysian primary ...

    Authors: Zahirah Tharek, Anis Safura Ramli, David Leonard Whitford, Zaliha Ismail, Maryam Mohd Zulkifli, Siti Khuzaimah Ahmad Sharoni, Asrul Akmal Shafie and Thevaraajan Jayaraman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:39

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Frequent users of healthcare services are a vulnerable population that deserves attention due to high costs and negative outcomes such as lower quality of life and higher mortality. Healthcare systems should o...

    Authors: Éva Marjorie Couture, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Martin Fortin and Catherine Hudon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:38

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Ghana introduced capitation payment method in 2012 but was faced with resistance for its perceived poor quality of care. This paper assesses National Health Insurance Scheme subscribers and care providers’ per...

    Authors: Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei, Eric Nsiah-Boateng, Felix Ankomah Asante, Ernst Spaan and Koos van der Velden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:37

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In the Netherlands, a substantial proportion of newly diagnosed HIV patients present late for care, therefore, we investigated the effectiveness of a blended educational programme for trainers of GPs designed ...

    Authors: Ivo Kim Joore, Jan E. A. M. van Bergen, Gerben ter Riet, A. van der Maat and N. van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:36

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Chronically ill patients such as people with type 2 diabetes develop perceptions of their illness, which will influence their coping behaviour. Perceptions are formed once a health threat has been recognised. ...

    Authors: Rimke Cathelijne Vos, Marise Jeannine Kasteleyn, Monique Johanna Heijmans, Elke de Leeuw, François Georges Schellevis, Mieke Rijken and Guy Emile Rutten

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:35

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