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  1. Many hazardous and harmful drinkers do not receive clinician advice to reduce their drinking. Previous studies suggest under-detection and clinician reluctance to intervene despite awareness of problem drinkin...

    Authors: J Paul Seale, Sylvia Shellenberger, John M Boltri, IS Okosun and Barbara Barton

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:46

    Content type: Research article

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  2. There is a need for assistance from primary care mental health workers in general practice in the Netherlands. General practitioners (GPs) experience an overload of frequent attenders suffering from psychologi...

    Authors: B Schreuders, P van Oppen, HWJ van Marwijk, JH Smit and WAB Stalman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:42

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. When health care reform was started in 1991, the physician workforce in Lithuania was dominated by specialists, and the specialty of family physician (FP) did not exist at all. During fifteen years of Lithuani...

    Authors: Liudvika Starkiene, Kastytis Smigelskas, Zilvinas Padaiga and Jack Reamy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:41

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Physicians and patients highly value continuity in health care. Continuity can be measured in several ways but few studies have examined the specific association between the duration of the patient-doctor rela...

    Authors: Katrina E Donahue, Evan Ashkin and Donald E Pathman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:40

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The North American model of 'advanced access' has been emulated by the National Primary Care Collaborative in the UK as a way of improving patients' access in primary care. The aim of this study was to explore...

    Authors: Sanjiv Ahluwalia and Maxine Offredy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:39

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Over the past years concerns are rising about the use of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) in health care. The calls for an increase in the practice of EBM, seem to be obstructed by many barriers preventing the im...

    Authors: Karin Hannes, Marcus Leys, Etienne Vermeire, Bert Aertgeerts, Frank Buntinx and Anne-Marie Depoorter

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:37

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Early diagnosis of serious infections in children is difficult in general practice, as incidence is low, patients present themselves at an early stage of the disease and diagnostic tools are limited to signs a...

    Authors: Ann Van den Bruel, Rudi Bruyninckx, Etienne Vermeire, Peter Aerssens, Bert Aertgeerts and Frank Buntinx

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:36

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Family physicians can play an important role in encouraging patients to participate in community-based health promotion initiatives designed to supplement and enhance their in-office care. Our objectives were ...

    Authors: Tina Karwalajtys, Janusz Kaczorowski, Larry W Chambers, Cheryl Levitt, Lisa Dolovich, Bea McDonough, Christopher Patterson and James E Williams

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:35

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI) are among the most frequent reasons for consultations in primary care. Although predominantly viral in origin, ARTI often lead to the prescription of antibiotics for a...

    Authors: Matthias Briel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Jim Young, Philipp Schuetz, Peter Huber, Pierre Périat, Heiner C Bucher and Beat Müller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:34

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Disabling fatigue is the main illness related reason for prolonged absence from school. Although there are accepted criteria for diagnosing chronic fatigue in adults, it remains uncertain as to how best to def...

    Authors: Tom Fowler, Pamela Duthie, Anita Thapar and Anne Farmer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:33

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Respiratory infections, like pneumonia, represent an important threat to the health of older Canadians. Our objective was to determine, at a community level, family and emergency room physicians' knowledge and...

    Authors: Paul Krueger, Mark Loeb, Caralyn Kelly and H Gayle Edward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:32

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Head injuries are a common occurrence, with continuing care in the years following injury being provided by primary care teams and a variety of speciality services. The literature on outcome currently reflects...

    Authors: Paul Graham Morris, Lindsay Prior, Shoumitro Deb, Glyn Lewis, Wendy Mayle, Caroline E Burrow and Eleanor Bryant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:30

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Patients with low back pain are frequently encountered in primary care. Although a specific diagnosis cannot be made for most patients, it is likely that sub-groups exist within the larger entity of nonspecifi...

    Authors: Julie M Fritz, John D Childs and Timothy W Flynn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:29

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) results vary by analytical method. Use of same-visit HbA1c testing methodology holds the promise of more efficient patient care, and improved diabetes management. Our objective was ...

    Authors: Kendra L Schwartz, Joseph C Monsur, Monina G Bartoces, Patricia A West and Anne Victoria Neale

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:28

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Over-prescribing of benzodiazepines appears common in many countries, a better understanding of prescribing practices and attitudes may help develop strategies to reduce prescribing. This study aimed to evalua...

    Authors: Manit Srisurapanont, Paul Garner, Julia Critchley and Nahathai Wongpakaran

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:27

    Content type: Research article

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  16. We do not yet know how to use blood glucose self-monitoring (BGSM) most effectively in the self-management of type 2 diabetes treated with oral medication. Training in monitoring may be most effective in impro...

    Authors: Andrew Farmer, Alisha Wade, David P French, Elizabeth Goyder, Ann Louise Kinmonth and Andrew Neil

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:25

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. The role of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in the early detection of prostate cancer is controversial. Current UK policy stipulates that any man who wishes to have a PSA test should have access to the...

    Authors: Jo Brett, Eila Watson, Paul Hewitson, Colleen Bukach, Adrian Edwards, Glyn Elwyn and Joan Austoker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:24

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Little is known about the care process after patients have contacted a GP cooperative for out-of-hours care. The objective of this study was to determine the proportion of patients who seek follow-up care afte...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Paul J Zwietering, Sjoerd O Hobma, Andre JHA Ament, Geertjan Wesseling, Onno CP van Schayck and Harry FJM Crebolder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:23

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Medical and technological progress has led to increased numbers of diagnostic tests, some of them inducing high financial costs. In Germany, high-cost diagnostic imaging is performed by a medical specialist af...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:22

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The way GPs work does not appear to be adapted to the needs of depressive patients. Therefore we wanted to examine Swedish GPs' conceptions of depressive disorders and their treatment and GPs' ideas of factors...

    Authors: Stig J Andersson, Margareta Troein and Gunnar Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:21

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The problem of poor compliance/adherence to prescribed treatments is very complex. Health professionals are rarely being asked how they handle the patient's (poor) therapy compliance/adherence. In this study, ...

    Authors: Johan Wens, Etienne Vermeire, Paul Van Royen, Bernard Sabbe and Joke Denekens

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:20

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The aim of this study is to determine to what extent barriers perceived by general practitioners (GPs) for prescribing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients a...

    Authors: Willeke N Kasje, Petra Denig, Pieter A de Graeff and Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:19

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Common mental health problems are mainly treated in primary care settings and collaboration with mental health services is needed. Prior to re-organisation of the mental health care offer in a geographical are...

    Authors: Nadia Younes, Isabelle Gasquet, Pierre Gaudebout, Marie-Pierre Chaillet, Viviane Kovess, Bruno Falissard and Marie-Christine Hardy Bayle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:18

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Obesity is an important public health problem. However, the effects of alcohol use on the risk for obesity have not been thoroughly explored. This study focuses on how frequency of alcohol use is related to th...

    Authors: James E Rohrer, Barbara M Rohland, Anne Denison and Anthony Way

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:17

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Childhood asthma has risen dramatically not only in the western societies and now forms a major and still increasing public health problem. The aims of this study were to follow up at the age of ten the patter...

    Authors: Eduardo Roel, Åshild Faresjö, Olle Zetterström, Erik Trell and Tomas Faresjö

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:16

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Family practitioners take care of large numbers of seniors with increasingly complex mental health problems. Varying levels of input may be necessary from psychiatric consultants. This study examines patients'...

    Authors: Mark J Yaffe, Francois Primeau, Jane McCusker, Martin G Cole, Eric Belzile, Nandini Dendukuri, Michel Elie and Johanne Laplante

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:15

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Type 2 diabetes is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence appears to be increasing. Guidelines exist regarding its management. Recommendations regarding drug therapy have changed. Little...

    Authors: Simon de Lusignan, Charalambos Sismanidis, Iain M Carey, Stephen DeWilde, Nicky Richards and Derek G Cook

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Little is known about general and family practitioners' (GP/FPs') involvement and confidence in dealing with children with common psychosocial problems and mental health conditions. The aims of this study were...

    Authors: Anton R Miller, Charlotte Johnston, Anne F Klassen, Stuart Fine and Michael Papsdorf

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:12

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Many medical errors occur during the laboratory testing process, including lost test results. Patient inquiry concerning results often represents the final safety net for locating lost results. This qualitativ...

    Authors: Donna M Baldwin, Javán Quintela, Christine Duclos, Elizabeth W Staton and Wilson D Pace

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:11

    Content type: Research article

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  30. There is wide variation in the quality of care provided by primary care practices to individuals with chronic illnesses. Individual doctor attitudes and interest have been demonstrated to influence patient out...

    Authors: Ajay K Thapar and Martin O Roland

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:9

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Although oral replacement with high doses of vitamin B12 is both effective and safe for the treatment of B12 deficiency, little is known about patients' views concerning the acceptability and effectiveness of ora...

    Authors: Jeff C Kwong, David Carr, Irfan A Dhalla, Denise Tom-Kun and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  32. About half of all newly presented episodes of shoulder complaints (SC) in general practice are reported to last for at least six months. Early interventions aimed at the psychological and social determinants o...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:7

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. The high rate of antibiotic prescriptions general practitioners (GPs) make for respiratory tract infections (RTI) are often explained by non-medical reasons e.g. an effort to meet patient expectations. Additio...

    Authors: Thomas Fischer, Susanne Fischer, Michael M Kochen and Eva Hummers-Pradier

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Obesity is the most common health problem in developed countries. Recently, several physicians' organizations have issued recommendations for treating obesity to family physicians, including instructions in nu...

    Authors: Amiel Feigenbaum, Shmuel Pasternak, Efrat Zusk, Miri Sarid and Shlomo Vinker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:5

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Diagnosing chronic heart failure is difficult, especially in mild cases or early in the course of the disease, and guidelines are not easily implemented in everyday practice. The aim of this study was to inves...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:4

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Research in General Practice requires the participation of General practitioners (GPs). In Germany there is little tradition of research in this field, and GPs are not used to be participants in research. Litt...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:31

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Identification and treatment of unrecognised asthmatics in the community is important for improving the health of the individual and minimising cost and quality of life burden. It is not practical to offer cli...

    Authors: Sybil Hirsch, Timothy L Frank, Jonathan L Shapiro, Michelle L Hazell and Peter I Frank

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:30

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Antibiotic overuse and misuse for upper respiratory tract infections in children is widespread and fuelled by public attitudes and expectations. This study assessed knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding ...

    Authors: Neeta Parimi, Lexley M Pinto Pereira and P Prabhakar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:28

    Content type: Research article

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