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  1. Clinical studies for testing new drugs against hepatitis B ought to be carried out in low prevalence areas despite difficulties on patient recruitment. In such areas, relatives of chronic hepatitis B patients ...

    Authors: Suzane Kioko Ono-Nita, Flair José Carrilho, Rita A Cardoso, Marcelo Eidi Nita and Luiz Caetano da Silva

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:7

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Ischaemic heart disease and congestive heart failure are common and important conditions in family practice. Effective treatments may be underutilized, particularly in women and the elderly. The objective of t...

    Authors: Wayne Putnam, Frederick I Burge, Beverley Lawson, Jafna L Cox, Ingrid Sketris, Gordon Flowerdew and David Zitner

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:6

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Complementary and alternative medicines are used by many consumers, and increasingly are being incorporated into the general practitioner's armamentarium. Despite widespread usage, the evidence base for most c...

    Authors: Marie Pirotta, Jane Gunn, Patty Chondros, Sonia Grover, Susan Hurley and Suzanne Garland

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Recent Swedish and joint European guidelines on hyperlipidaemia stress the high coronary risk for patients with already established arterio-sclerotic disease (secondary prevention) or diabetes. For the remaini...

    Authors: Lars Backlund, Ylva Skånér, Henry Montgomery, Johan Bring and Lars-Erik Strender

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:3

    Content type: Research article

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  5. A number of previous studies have suggested that the Japanese have few opportunities to participate in medical decision-making, as a result both of entrenched physician paternalism and national characteristics...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Atsushi Asai, Motoki Ohnishi, Etsuyo Nishigaki, Tsuguya Fukui, Takuro Shimbo and Yuichi Imanaka

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:1

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are common. The etiologic factor is usually viral, but many physicians prescribe antibiotics. We aimed to evaluate parents' expectations of and knowledge about the rol...

    Authors: Shlomo Vinker, Adi Ron and Eliezer Kitai

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:20

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Although sleep disorders are common, they frequently remain unnoticed by the general practitioner. Few data are available about the willingness and reasons of patients with sleep disturbances to seek for medic...

    Authors: Margarita Blanco, Norberto Kriguer, Santiago Pérez Lloret and Daniel P Cardinali

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:17

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The quality of diabetes care provided to older adults has usually been judged to be poor, but few data provide direct comparison to other age groups. In this study, we hypothesized that adults age 65 and over ...

    Authors: Patrick J O'Connor, Jay R Desai, Leif I Solberg, William A Rush and Donald B Bishop

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:16

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The use of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in the diagnosis and management of hypertension in primary care settings in the United States is increasing. Insufficient information is available describ...

    Authors: Michael E Ernst and George R Bergus

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:15

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The General Practice Research Database (GPRD) and Doctor's Independent Network Database (DIN), are large electronic primary care databases compiled in the UK during the 1990s. They provide a valuable resource ...

    Authors: Iain M Carey, Derek G Cook, Stephen De Wilde, Stephen A Bremner, Nicky Richards, Steve Caine, David P Strachan and Sean R Hilton

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:14

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Evidence-based medicine is gaining prominence in primary care. This study sought to examine the relationships among family physicians' attitudes toward EBM, contextual factors, and clinical decision-making and...

    Authors: C Shawn Tracy, Guilherme Coelho Dantas, Rahim Moineddin and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:13

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Early detection of chronic heart failure has become increasingly important since the introduction of effective treatment. However, clinical diagnosis of heart failure is known to be difficult, especially in mi...

    Authors: Ylva Skånér, Johan Bring, Bengt Ullman and Lars-Erik Strender

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:12

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Oral anticoagulation monitoring has traditionally taken place in secondary care because of the need for a laboratory blood test, the international normalised ratio (INR). The development of reliable near patie...

    Authors: Deborah McCahon, David A Fitzmaurice, Ellen T Murray, Christopher J Fuller, Richard FD Hobbs, Teresa F Allan and James P Raftery

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:11

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. The FDA recently moved loratadine (Claritin) from prescription only status to over-the-counter (OTC). In response to the availability of an OTC non-sedating antihistamine, many managed care organizations are r...

    Authors: Daniel J Glass and Anne S Harper

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:10

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Despite evidence-based guidelines, aspirin prescribing for the secondary prevention of stroke is sub-optimal. Little is known about why general practitioners do not prescribe aspirin to indicated patients. We ...

    Authors: Duncan Short, Martin Frischer, James Bashford and Darren Ashcroft

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:9

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Patient access to primary care appointments is not routinely measured despite the increasing interest in this aspect of practice activity. The generation of standardised data (or benchmarks) for access could i...

    Authors: Wendy Jones, Glyn Elwyn, Peter Edwards, Adrian Edwards, Melody Emmerson and Richard Hibbs

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:8

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Depression is prevalent in people with type 2 diabetes and affects both glycemic control and overall quality of life. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the effect of the antidepressant paroxetine on metabo...

    Authors: Maria Paile-Hyvärinen, Kristian Wahlbeck and Johan G Eriksson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:7

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Two simples scoring systems for a self-completed postal respiratory questionnaire were developed to identify adults who may have obstructive airways disease. The objective of this study was to validate these s...

    Authors: Timothy L Frank, Peter I Frank, Jennifer A Cropper, Michelle L Hazell, Philip C Hannaford, Roseanne R McNamee, Sybil Hirsch and Charles AC Pickering

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Little is known about how individuals who have a diagnosis of epilepsy have experienced healthcare services or their views about how they should best be organised to meet their ongoing needs.

    Authors: Glyn Elwyn, Stuart Todd, Richard Hibbs, Ajay Thapar, Peter Edwards, Amanda Webb, Clare Wilkinson and Mike Kerr

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The indications for warfarin treatment in primary health care are increasing. An undertreatment with warfarin is reported in the prevention of embolic stroke in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation, and c...

    Authors: Gunnar H Nilsson, Ingela Björholt and Hans Johnsson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:3

    Content type: Research article

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  21. In Malta, sickness certificates are needed from the first day of illness, and are issued by family physicians (FPs) either employed by the government primary health care system, self-employed in private practi...

    Authors: Jean Karl Soler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2003 4:2

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Men with spinal cord injury (SCI) appear to have a greater incidence of bacterial colonisation of genital skin as compared to neurologically normal controls. We report a male patient with paraplegia who develo...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Bakul M Soni, Peter L Hughes, Paul Mansour, Gurpreet Singh, James Darroch and Tun Oo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:20

    Content type: Case report

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  23. Most data on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing come from urologic cohorts comprised of volunteers for screening programs. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of PSA testing for detecting prostate cancer...

    Authors: Richard M Hoffman, Frank D Gilliland, Meg Adams-Cameron, William C Hunt and Charles R Key

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:19

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Antibiotics are being overprescribed in ambulant care, especially for respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Gaining insight into the actual reasons for prescribing remains important for the design of effective ...

    Authors: Samuel Coenen, Barbara Michiels, Paul Van Royen, Jean-Claude Van der Auwera and Joke Denekens

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:16

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Continuing medical education (CME) for general practitioners relies on specialist-based teaching methods in many settings. Formal lectures by specialists may not meet the learning needs of practitioners and ma...

    Authors: Leonid Gercenshtein, Yacov Fogelman and John Yaphe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:15

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The house dust mite is the most important environmental allergen implicated in the aetiology of childhood asthma in the UK. Dust mite barrier bedding is relatively inexpensive, convenient to use, and of proven...

    Authors: Aziz Sheikh, Brian Hurwitz, Bonnie Sibbald, Greta Barnes, Maggie Howe and Stephen Durham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:12

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Etoricoxib is a highly selective COX-2 inhibitor which was evaluated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

    Authors: Eduardo Collantes, Sean P Curtis, Ka Wing Lee, Noemi Casas, Timothy McCarthy, Agustin Melian, Peng L Zhao, Diana B Rodgers, Calogera L McCormick, Michael Lee, Christopher R Lines and Barry J Gertz

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:10

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Differences in the management of coronary artery disease between men and women have been reported in the literature. There are few studies of potential inequalities of treatment that arise from a primary care ...

    Authors: Romolo Di Cecco, Umesh Patel and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:8

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Klippel-Feil syndrome is defined as congenital fusion of two or more cervical vertebrae and is believed to result from faulty segmentation along the embryo's developing axis during weeks 3–8 of gestation. Pers...

    Authors: Subramanian Vaidyanathan, Peter L Hughes, Bakul M Soni, Gurpreet Singh and Pradipkumar Sett

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:6

    Content type: Case report

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  30. This survey's objective was to provide planning information by examining utilization patterns, health outcomes and costs associated with existing practices in the management of postpartum women and their infan...

    Authors: Susan Watt, Wendy Sword, Paul Krueger and Debbie Sheehan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:5

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Diabetes has been identified as one of the national health priority areas in Australia. After 20 years of diabetes most patients can be expected to develop diabetic retinopathy which, if undetected, is likely ...

    Authors: Claire L Jackson, Laurence Hirst, Inge C de Jong and Nadine Smith

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:4

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Information on the effectiveness of elementary school level, tobacco-use prevention programs is generally limited. This study assessed the impact of a structured, one-time intervention that was designed to mod...

    Authors: Martin C Mahoney, Joseph E Bauer, Laurene Tumiel, Sarah McMullen, Jeff Schieder and Denise Pikuzinski

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:3

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world that is a human teratogen whose use among women of childbearing age has been steadily increasing. It is also probable that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is under diag...

    Authors: Alexandra C Nevin, Christopher Parshuram, Irena Nulman, Gideon Koren and Adrienne Einarson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:2

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Appropriate information flow is crucial to the care of patients, particularly at the interface between primary and secondary care. Communication problems can result from inadequate organisation and training, T...

    Authors: Paul Wallace, Andrew Haines, Robert Harrison, Julie A Barber, Simon Thompson, Jennifer Roberts, Paul B Jacklin, Leo Lewis and Paul Wainwright

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2002 3:1

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. A project aimed at studying the frequency of dementia and depression in the catchment area of the Health Centre of Chrissoupolis (HCCh), Northern Greece, was carried out. This paper reports the association bet...

    Authors: Stella Argyriadou, Ioannis Vlachonikolis, Haritini Melisopoulou, Kostas Katachanakis and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2001 2:5

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Diagnosing childhood asthma is dependent upon parental symptom reporting but there are problems in the use of words and terms. The purpose of this study was to describe and compare understandings of childhood ...

    Authors: Rachel Cane, Caroline Pao and Sheila McKenzie

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2001 2:4

    Content type: Research article

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