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  1. Diabetes requires significant alterations to lifestyle and completion of self management tasks to obtain good control of disease. The objective of this study was to determine if patient trust is associated wit...

    Authors: Denise E Bonds, Fabian Camacho, Ronny A Bell, Vanessa T Duren-Winfield, Roger T Anderson and David C Goff

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:26

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Family doctors should care for individuals in the context of their family. Family has a powerful influence on health and illness and family interventions have been shown to improve health outcomes for a variet...

    Authors: Marje Oona, Ruth Kalda, Margus Lember and Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:24

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Symptomatic hypogammaglobulinemia in infancy and childhood (SHIC), may be an early manifestation of a primary immunodeficiency or a maturational delay in the normal production of immunoglobulins (Ig). We aimed...

    Authors: Mona Iancovici Kidon, Zeev T Handzel, Rivka Schwartz, Irit Altboum, Michael Stein and Israel Zan-Bar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:23

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Chronic meningitis is defined as symptoms and signs of meningeal inflammation and persisting cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities such as elevated protein level and pleocytosis for at least one month.

    Authors: Christopher Boos, Cyrus Daneshvar, Anna Hinton and Matthew Dawes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:21

    Content type: Case report

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  5. A primary goal of acute treatment for depression is clinical remission of symptoms. Most meta-analyses of remission rates involve randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using patients from psychiatric settings, b...

    Authors: Marliese Y Dawson, Erin E Michalak, Paul Waraich, J Ellen Anderson and Raymond W Lam

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:19

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Understanding the factors that affect patients' utilisation of health services is important for health service provision and effective patient management. This study aimed to investigate the specific morbidity...

    Authors: Stephanie A Knox and Helena Britt

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:17

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Despite the well-documented benefits of using warfarin to prevent stroke, physicians remain reluctant to initiate therapy, and especially so with the elderly owing to the higher risk of hemorrhage. Prior resea...

    Authors: Guilherme Coelho Dantas, Barbara V Thompson, Judith A Manson, C Shawn Tracy and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:15

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The literature demonstrates that medical residents and practicing physicians have an attitudinal-behavioral discordance concerning their positive attitudes towards clinical practice guidelines (CPG), and the i...

    Authors: Paul S Echlin, Ross EG Upshur and Tsveti P Markova

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:14

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Though urinary incontinence (UI) is a bothersome condition for the individual patient, the patients tend not to inform their physician about UI and the physician tend not to ask the patient. Recently different...

    Authors: Lars Viktrup and Lars Alling Møller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:13

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Smoking rates among the general population in Bosnia and Herzegovina are extremely high, and national campaigns to lower smoking rates have not yet begun. As part of future activities of the Queen's University...

    Authors: Geoffrey Hodgetts, Teresa Broers and Marshall Godwin

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:12

    Content type: Research article

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  11. A previous systematic review reported that topical NSAIDs were effective in relieving pain in acute conditions like sprains and strains, with differences between individual drugs for efficacy. More trials, a b...

    Authors: Lorna Mason, R Andrew Moore, Jayne E Edwards, Sheena Derry and Henry J McQuay

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:10

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Heroin is a synthetic opioid with an extensive illicit market leading to large numbers of people becoming addicted. Heroin users often present to community treatment services requesting detoxification and in t...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:9

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Influenza vaccination policy for elderly people in Britain has changed twice since 1997 to increase protection against influenza but there is no information available on how this has affected vaccine uptake, a...

    Authors: Elizabeth Breeze, Punam Mangtani, Astrid E Fletcher, Gill M Price, Sari Kovats and Jenny Roberts

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:8

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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