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  1. Informed decision making is the theoretical basis in the UK for men's decisions about Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer testing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a w...

    Authors: Rhodri Evans, Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, Robert Newcombe, Paul Kinnersley, Pat Wright, Jeff Griffiths, Joan Austoker and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:58

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. The association between stress and morale among general practitioners (GP) is well documented. However, the impact of GP stress or low morale on patient care is less clear. GPs in the UK now routinely survey p...

    Authors: Brian McKinstry, Jeremy Walker, Mike Porter, Colette Fulton, Ashley Tait, Janet Hanley and Stewart Mercer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:57

    Content type: Research article

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  3. In April 2004, an incentive based contract was introduced to UK primary care. An important element of the new contract is the ability to exclude individuals from quality indicators for a variety of reasons (kn...

    Authors: Colin R Simpson, Philip C Hannaford, Matthew McGovern, Michael W Taylor, Paul N Green, Karen Lefevre and David J Williams

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:56

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Next to other GP characteristics, diagnostic labelling (the proportion of acute respiratory tract (RT) episodes to be labelled as infections) probably contributes to a higher volume of antibiotic prescriptions...

    Authors: Huug J van Duijn, Marijke M Kuyvenhoven, Hanneke M Tiebosch, François G Schellevis and Theo JM Verheij

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:55

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In 1996 the guideline 'The Red Eye' was first published by the Dutch College of General Practitioners. The extent to which general practitioners adhere to this guideline is unclear. Recently, data on the manag...

    Authors: Remco P Rietveld, Gerben ter Riet, Patrick JE Bindels, François G Schellevis and Henk CPM van Weert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:54

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Do doctors really need to establish an etiological diagnosis each time a patient presents? Or might it often be more effective to treat simply on the basis of symptoms and signs alone, relying on research and ...

    Authors: Geert-Jan GJ Dinant, Frank F Buntinx and Chris CC Butler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:53

    Content type: Debate

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  7. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is recommended in most depression treatment guidelines and proved to be a suitable treatment for elderly depressed patients. Despite the favorable results of IPT in research p...

    Authors: Digna JF van Schaik, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Marten de Haan and Richard van Dyck

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:52

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The epidemiology of chest pain differs strongly between outpatient and emergency settings. In general practice, the most frequent cause is the chest wall pain. However, there is a lack of information about the...

    Authors: François Verdon, Bernard Burnand, Lilli Herzig, Michel Junod, Alain Pécoud and Bernard Favrat

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:51

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The prevalence of childhood obesity is rising and the UK Government have stated a commitment to addressing obesity in general. One method has been to include indicators relating to obesity within the GP pay-fo...

    Authors: Olivia Walker, Mark Strong, Rebecca Atchinson, Joanna Saunders and Jo Abbott

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:50

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Intimate partner violence (IPV) including physical, sexual and emotional violence, causes short and long term ill-health. Brief questions that reliably identify women experiencing IPV who present in clinical s...

    Authors: Hardip Sohal, Sandra Eldridge and Gene Feder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:49

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Both doctors and patients may perceive the Internet as a potential challenge to existing therapeutic relationships. Here we examine patients' views of the effect of the Internet on their relationship with doct...

    Authors: Fiona A Stevenson, Cicely Kerr, Elizabeth Murray and Irwin Nazareth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:47

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Over the last five years, Dutch provision of out-of-hours primary health care has shifted from practice-based services towards large-scale general practitioner (GP) cooperatives. Only few population-based stud...

    Authors: Eric P Moll van Charante, Pauline CE van Steenwijk-Opdam and Patrick JE Bindels

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:46

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Diabetes is a chronic illness, which requires the individual to assume responsibility for their own care with the aim of maintaining glucose and blood pressure levels as close to normal as possible. Traditiona...

    Authors: Gillian M Paul, Susan M Smith, David L Whitford, Eamon O'Shea, Fergus O'Kelly and Tom O'Dowd

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:45

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. It is argued that the ways in which women express emotional distress mean that they are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, while men's relative lack of articulacy means their depression is hidden. Th...

    Authors: Carol Emslie, Damien Ridge, Sue Ziebland and Kate Hunt

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:43

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The Normalization Process Model is a conceptual tool intended to assist in understanding the factors that affect implementation processes in clinical trials and other evaluations of complex interventions. It f...

    Authors: Carl R May, Frances S Mair, Christopher F Dowrick and Tracy L Finch

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:42

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Despite the large amount of time and money which has been devoted to low back pain research, successful management remains an elusive goal and low back pain continues to place a large burden on the primary car...

    Authors: Nicholas Henschke, Christopher G Maher, Kathryn M Refshauge, Anurina Das and James H McAuley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:40

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There has been little development of the general practice consultation over the years, and many aspects of the present consultation do not serve communities with multiple health and social problems well. Many ...

    Authors: David L Whitford and Wai-Sun Chan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:38

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. This paper presents the pilot study and protocol for a randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a psychological, family-based intervention to improve outcomes in those with poorly controlled ty...

    Authors: Karen M Keogh, Patricia White, Susan M Smith, Sinead McGilloway, Tom O'Dowd and James Gibney

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:36

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. The National Health Service Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP) has recommended that screening for prostate cancer is available for asymptomatic men, on the understanding that they have been prov...

    Authors: Alison Clements, Eila Watson, Tanvi Rai, Colleen Bukach, Brian Shine and Joan Austoker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:35

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Depression is prevalent in people with type 2 diabetes and affects both glycaemic control and overall quality of life. The aim of this investigator-initiated trial was to evaluate the effect of the antidepress...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:34

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The quality of doctor-patient communication has a major impact on the quality of medical care. Communication guidelines define best practices for doctor patient communication and are therefore an important too...

    Authors: Wemke Veldhuijzen, Paul M Ram, Trudy van der Weijden, Susan Niemantsverdriet and Cees PM van der Vleuten

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:31

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The growing popularity of CAM among the public is coupled with an ongoing debate on its effectiveness, safety, and its implications on the reimbursement system. This issue is critically important for GPs, who ...

    Authors: Massimo Giannelli, Marina Cuttini, Monica Da Frè and Eva Buiatti

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:30

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Complex medical treatment is moving from hospital to primary care and General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly asked to undertake new roles. There are now an estimated 19,500 patients being fed in the UK i...

    Authors: Sharon M Madigan, Paul Fleming, Siobhan McCann, Marion E Wright and Domhnall MacAuley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:29

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The speed of diagnosis impacts on prognosis and survival in all types of cancer. In most cases survival and prognosis are significantly worse in rural and remote Australian populations who have less access to ...

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Georgia Halkett, Samar Aoun, Hayley Arnet, Marthe Smith, Megan Pilkington and Cheryl McMullen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:27

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Inequality in health and health care services is an important policy issue internationally as well as in the UK, and is closely linked to socio-economic deprivation, which in Scotland is concentrated in and ar...

    Authors: Stewart W Mercer, Peter G Cawston and Annemieke P Bikker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:22

    Content type: Research article

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  26. This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of an interview instrument to assess provider-reported quality of general practice care for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and...

    Authors: Judith Proudfoot, Upali W Jayasinghe, Fernando Infante, Justin Beilby, Cheryl Amoroso, Gawaine Powell Davies, Jane Grimm, Christine Holton, Tanya Bubner and Mark Harris

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:21

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The PEACH study is based on an innovative 'telephone coaching' program that has been used effectively in a post cardiac event trial. This intervention will be tested in a General Practice setting in a pragmati...

    Authors: Doris Young, John Furler, Margarite Vale, Christine Walker, Leonie Segal, Patricia Dunning, James Best, Irene Blackberry, Ralph Audehm, Nabil Sulaiman, James Dunbar and Patty Chondros

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:20

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. General practitioners and other primary health care professionals are often the first point of contact for patients requiring health care. Identifying, understanding and linking current evidence to best practi...

    Authors: Karin Ried, Elizabeth A Farmer and Kathryn M Weston

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:19

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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