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  1. Responding to acute illness symptoms can often be challenging for older adults. The primary objective of this study was to describe how community-dwelling older adults and their family members responded to sym...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:30

    Content type: Research article

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  2. To perform out-of-hours primary care, Dutch general practitioners (GPs) have organised themselves in large-scale GP cooperatives. Roughly, two models of out-of-hours care can be distinguished; GP cooperatives ...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Andre JHA Ament, Gemma BWE Voss, Geertjan Wesseling, Ron AG Winkens, Onno CP van Schayck and Harry FJM Crebolder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:29

    Content type: Research article

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  3. To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of clinical signs and symptoms, C-reactive protein (CRP) and spirometric parameters and determine their interrelation in patients suspected to have an obstructive airway dis...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Geert-Jan Dinant, Inko Maag, Lutz Gantner, Joachim Franz Meyer and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:28

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Patients vary widely when making decisions to consult primary care. Some present frequently with trivial illness: others delay with serious disease. Differences in health service provision may play a part in t...

    Authors: Neil C Campbell, Lisa Iversen, Jane Farmer, Clare Guest and John MacDonald

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:26

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Problem gambling often goes undetected by family physicians but may be associated with stress-related medical problems as well as mental disorders and substance abuse. Family physicians are often first in line...

    Authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Bruce Arroll, Ngaire Kerse, Sean Sullivan, Nicole Coupe, Samson Tse, Robin Shepherd, Fiona Rossen and Lana Perese

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:25

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Information on the incidence of serious infections in children in general practice is scarce. However, estimates on the incidence of disease are important for several reasons, for example to assess the burden ...

    Authors: Ann Van den Bruel, Stefaan Bartholomeeusen, Bert Aertgeerts, Carla Truyers and Frank Buntinx

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:23

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Encephalitis presenting as a change in mental status can be challenging to recognize in the primary care setting. However, early detection via a low threshold of suspicion can be useful, leading in turn to ear...

    Authors: Omar A Khan and Allan Ramsay

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:22

    Content type: Case report

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  8. Reading skills are important for accessing health information, using health care services, managing one's health and achieving desirable health outcomes. Our objective was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of ...

    Authors: Nancy S Morris, Charles D MacLean, Lisa D Chew and Benjamin Littenberg

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:21

    Content type: Research article

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  9. General practitioners (GPs) frequently order blood tests when they see patients presenting with unexplained complaints. Due to the low prevalence of serious pathology in general practice, the risk of false-pos...

    Authors: Marloes A van Bokhoven, Hèlen Koch, Trudy van der Weijden, Richard PTM Grol, Patrick JE Bindels and Geert-Jan Dinant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:20

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. The role of the general practitioner (GP) in cancer follow-up is poorly defined. We wanted to describe and analyse the role of the GP during initial follow-up of patients with recently treated cancer, from the...

    Authors: Tor Anvik, Knut A Holtedahl and Hege Mikalsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:19

    Content type: Research article

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  11. One in five Australians consume alcohol at risky or harmful levels. Most (85%) attend a general practitioner at least once a year, giving opportunity for detecting and providing brief interventions for reducin...

    Authors: Elizabeth M Proude, Helena Britt, Lisa Valenti and Katherine M Conigrave

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:17

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Adolescents' consultation of primary health care services remains problematic despite their accessibility. The reproductive health service seeking behavior of adolescents is the object of much research but lit...

    Authors: Lina Jaruseviciene and Gwenola Levasseur

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:16

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Primary care physicians underestimate the prevalence of domestic violence and community violence. Victims are therefore at risk of further episodes of violence, with psychological and physical consequences. We...

    Authors: Claire Morier-Genoud, Patrick Bodenmann, Bernard Favrat and Marco Vannotti

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:15

    Content type: Research article

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  14. A well established "midlevel" of patient care, such as nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants, exits in many countries like the US, Canada, and Australia.

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Katharina Joest, Thorsten Körner, Rainer Schaefert, Marc Heiderhoff and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:14

    Content type: Research article

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  15. A major marketing technique used by pharmaceutical companies is direct-to-physician marketing. This form of marketing frequently employs promotional marketing brochures, based on clinical research, which may i...

    Authors: Roberto Cardarelli, John C Licciardone and Lockwood G Taylor

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:13

    Content type: Research article

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  16. While in general practice chronic non-specific abdominal complaints are common, there is insufficient data on the clinical course and the management of these complaints. Aim of this study was to present a prim...

    Authors: Henriëtte AM van den Heuvel-Janssen, Jeroen AJ Borghouts, Jean WM Muris, Bart W Koes, Lex M Bouter and J André Knottnerus

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:12

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Personal continuity is a core value for family practice, but policy and performance targets emphasise other aspects of care, particularly waiting times for consultation. This study examined patient and general...

    Authors: Bruce Guthrie and Sally Wyke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:11

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Somatisation is particularly challenging in multicultural contexts where patients and physicians often differ in terms of their illness-related beliefs and practices and health care expectations. This paper re...

    Authors: Noelle Junod Perron and Patricia Hudelson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:10

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Estimates of life expectancy assist physicians and patients in medical decision-making. The time-delayed benefits for many medical treatments make an older adult's life expectancy estimate particularly importa...

    Authors: Christine E Kistler, Carmen L Lewis, Halle R Amick, Debra L Bynum, Louise C Walter and Lea C Watson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:9

    Content type: Research article

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  20. In Greece where primary health care services are not fully developed, patients with simple or minor conditions have to attend to hospitals to be treated. We analysed the data of patients with cutaneous disorde...

    Authors: Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Konstantin Krasagakis, Ioannis D Komninos, Ioannis Kastrinakis, Ioannis Lyronis, Anastasios Philalithis and Androniki D Tosca

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:6

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Little is known about depressed patients' profiles and how they are managed. The aim of the study is to compare GPs and psychiatrists for 1°) sociodemographic and clinical profile of their patients considered ...

    Authors: Sophie Tardieu, Alain Bottero, Patrick Blin, Michael Bohbot, Sylvia Goni, Alain Gerard and Isabelle Gasquet

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:5

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Hypovitaminosis D is well known in different populations, but may be under diagnosed in certain populations. We aim to determine the first diagnosis considered, the duration and resolution of symptoms, and the...

    Authors: G de Torrenté de la Jara, A Pécoud and B Favrat

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:4

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The current study was conducted to evaluate the effects of overweight, hyperglycemia symptoms, Hispanic ethnicity, and language barriers on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among children and adolescents.

    Authors: Ahmed A Arif and James E Rohrer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:3

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination rates among adults 65 years and older or less than 65 years with high risk medical conditions are still below Healthy People 2010 recommended levels of 90%. This study was ...

    Authors: Mary Patricia Nowalk, Richard K Zimmerman, Melissa Tabbarah, Mahlon Raymund and Ilene K Jewell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:2

    Content type: Research article

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  25. In Switzerland, general practitioners (GPs) manage most of the patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).

    Authors: Anne Pelet, Jacques Besson, Alain Pécoud and Bernard Favrat

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:51

    Content type: Research article

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  26. This two-part study examines primary care clinicians' chart documentation and attitudes when confronted by a positive waiting room screen for intimate partner violence (IPV).

    Authors: Megan R Gerber, Karen S Leiter, Richard C Hermann and David H Bor

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:48

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Missed appointments are a common occurrence in primary care in the UK, yet little is known about the reasons for them, or the consequences of missing an appointment. This paper aims to determine the reasons fo...

    Authors: Richard D Neal, Mahvash Hussain-Gambles, Victoria L Allgar, Debbie A Lawlor and Owen Dempsey

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:47

    Content type: Research article

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  28. 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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  29. Many patients attempting or committing suicide consult their general practitioner (GP) in the preceding period, indicating that GPs might play an important role in prevention. The aim of the present study was ...

    Authors: Richard L Marquet, Aad IM Bartelds, Ad JFM Kerkhof, François G Schellevis and Jouke van der Zee

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:45

    Content type: Research article

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