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  1. Content type: Research article

    The number of patients with chronic illness is increasing worldwide. These patients usually receive care from a primary care facility. The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) is a tool that is i...

    Authors: Daniel Zeugfang, Anawat Wisetborisut, Chaisiri Angkurawaranon, Apinun Aramrattana, Michel Wensing, Joachim Szecsenyi and Katja Krug

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:123

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    To evaluate the effectiveness of a structured prescription review and prescriber feedback program in reducing prescribing errors in government primary care clinics within an administrative region in Malaysia.

    Authors: Wei Yin Lim, Amar Singh HSS, Li Meng Ng, Selva Rani John Jasudass, Sondi Sararaks, Paranthaman Vengadasalam, Lina Hashim and Ranjit Kaur Praim Singh

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:120

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    Telemonitoring for long term conditions such as hypertension and diabetes has not been widely adopted despite evidence of efficacy in trials and policy support. The Telescot programme comprised a series of sev...

    Authors: Janet Hanley, Hilary Pinnock, Mary Paterson and Brian McKinstry

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:118

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  4. Content type: Research article

    There are few areas of health care where sufficient research-based evidence exists and primary health care is no exception. In the absence of such evidence, the development of assisted support must be based on...

    Authors: Elisabeth Søndergaard, Ruth K. Ertmann, Susanne Reventlow and Kirsten Lykke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:117

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Depression in older people may have a prevalence as high as 20%, and is associated with physical co-morbidities, loss, and loneliness. It is associated with poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life, ...

    Authors: Anna Kathryn Taylor, Simon Gilbody, Katharine Bosanquet, Karen Overend, Della Bailey, Deborah Foster, Helen Lewis and Carolyn Anne Chew-Graham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:116

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Novel oral anticoagulation (NOAC) has been introduced in recent years, but data on use in atrial fibrillation (AF) in primary care setting is scarce. In Germany, General Practitioners are free to choose type o...

    Authors: Simon Schwill, Katja Krug, Frank Peters-Klimm, Jan van Lieshout, Gunter Laux, Joachim Szecsenyi and Michel Wensing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:115

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Maintaining a maternity care system is one of the biggest issues in Japan due to the decreasing number of obstetricians, especially in remote areas and islands. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore...

    Authors: Ayako Shibata, Makoto Kaneko and Machiko Inoue

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:114

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy is common in older people and associated with potential harms. The aim of this study was to analyse the characteristics of an older multimorbid population with polypharmacy and to identify factors...

    Authors: Anja Rieckert, Ulrike S. Trampisch, Renate Klaaßen-Mielke, Eva Drewelow, Aneez Esmail, Tim Johansson, Sophie Keller, Ilkka Kunnamo, Christin Löffler, Joonas Mäkinen, Giuliano Piccoliori, Anna Vögele and Andreas Sönnichsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:113

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Family caregivers (FCGs) of patients at the end of life (EoL) cared for at home receive support from professional and non-professional care providers. Healthcare providers in general practice play an important...

    Authors: Katja Krug, René Alexander Ballhausen, Regine Bölter, Peter Engeser, Michel Wensing, Joachim Szecsenyi and Frank Peters-Klimm

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:112

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The majority of patients who seek help for insomnia do so in primary health care. Nurse-led group treatment in primary care based on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) can lead to improvements i...

    Authors: Christina Sandlund, Kimberly Kane, Mirjam Ekstedt and Jeanette Westman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:111

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Within the EU-funded project PRIMA-eDS (Polypharmacy in chronic diseases: Reduction of Inappropriate Medication and Adverse drug events in older populations by electronic Decision Support) an electronic decision ...

    Authors: Anja Rieckert, Christina Sommerauer, Anja Krumeich and Andreas Sönnichsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:110

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the many factors that influence implementation of new programs, in addition to their success or failure, is extraordinarily complex. This qualitative study examines the implementation and adaptat...

    Authors: Christine P. Kowalski, Miranda Veeser and Michele Heisler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:109

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to ascertain multimorbidity patterns using a non-hierarchical cluster analysis in adult primary patients with multimorbidity attended in primary care centers in Catalonia.

    Authors: Concepción Violán, Albert Roso-Llorach, Quintí Foguet-Boreu, Marina Guisado-Clavero, Mariona Pons-Vigués, Enriqueta Pujol-Ribera and Jose M. Valderas

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:108

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Facilitating appropriate and safe prescribing of opioid medications for chronic pain management in primary care is a pressing public health concern. Interdisciplinary team-based models of primary care are expl...

    Authors: Karleen F. Giannitrapani, Peter A. Glassman, Derek Vang, Jeremiah C. McKelvey, R. Thomas Day, Steven K. Dobscha and Karl A. Lorenz

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:107

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Bowel cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide. Bowel screening has been shown to reduce mortality and primary care interventions have been successful in increasing uptake of screening. ...

    Authors: Debbie Cavers, Natalia Calanzani, Sheina Orbell, Gabriele Vojt, Robert J. C. Steele, Linda Brownlee, Steve Smith, Julietta Patnick, David Weller and Christine Campbell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:105

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety in primary care is an emerging field of research with a growing evidence base in western countries but little has been explored in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) including the Sult...

    Authors: Muna Habib AL. Lawati, Sarah Dennis, Stephanie D. Short and Nadia Noor Abdulhadi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:104

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Treatment for opioid dependence in Ireland is provided predominantly by general practitioners (GP) who have undergone additional training in opioid agonist treatment (OAT) and substance misuse. The National Me...

    Authors: Marie Claire Van Hout, Des Crowley, Aoife McBride and Ide Delargy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:103

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although the recovery of patients suffering from low back pain is highly context dependent, patient preferences about treatment options are seldom incorporated into the therapeutic plan. Shared decision-making...

    Authors: Ariëtte R. J. Sanders, Jozien M. Bensing, Tessa Magnée, Peter Verhaak and Niek J. de Wit

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:102

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Even in practices with a comprehensive appointment system a minority of patients walks in without prior notice, sometimes causing problems for practice service quality. We aimed to explore differences between ...

    Authors: Bernhard Riedl, Simon Kehrer, Christoph U. Werner, Antonius Schneider and Klaus Linde

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:101

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Adequate recognition of anxiety and depression by general practitioners (GPs) can be improved. Research on factors that are associated with recognition is limited and shows mixed results. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Henny Sinnema, Berend Terluin, Daniëlle Volker, Michel Wensing and Anton van Balkom

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:99

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) integrates best available evidence from literature and patients’ values, which then informs clinical decision making. However, there is a lack of validated instruments to assess t...

    Authors: Ranita Hisham, Chirk Jenn Ng, Su May Liew, Pauline Siew Mei Lai, Yook Chin Chia, Ee Ming Khoo, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Sajaratulnisah Othman, Ping Yein Lee, Khatijah Lim Abdullah and Karuthan Chinna

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:98

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    Obesity is one of the most prevalent health problems in western societies. However, it seems not effectively managed in the healthcare system at present. Originating from smoking cessation a tool called the 5A...

    Authors: Franziska D. Welzel, Janine Stein, Alexander Pabst, Melanie Luppa, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Hans-Helmut König and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:97

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics poses an urgent public health threat. Limited research has examined factors associated with antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings. The goals of this s...

    Authors: Traci D. Yates, Marion E. Davis, Yhenneko J. Taylor, Lisa Davidson, Crystal D. Connor, Katherine Buehler and Melanie D. Spencer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:96

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Challenging work environment, high workload, and increasing physician shortages characterize current rural general practice in Germany and in most European Countries. These factors extend into Out-Of-Hours Car...

    Authors: R. Leutgeb, J. Frankenhauser-Mannuß, M. Scheuer, J. Szecsenyi and Katja Goetz

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:95

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  25. Content type: Research article

    To gain insight into the opinions and working methods of diabetes care providers after using a diabetes web portal for 4 years in order to understand the role of the provider in patients’ web portal use.

    Authors: Maaike C. M. Ronda, Lioe-Ting Dijkhorst-Oei, Rimke C. Vos and Guy E. H. M. Rutten

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:94

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Efforts to improve treatment of pain using opioids have to adequately take into account their therapeutic shortcomings which involve addictiveness. While there are no signs of an “opioid epidemic” in Germany s...

    Authors: Johannes Maximilian Just, Linda Bingener, Markus Bleckwenn, Rieke Schnakenberg and Klaus Weckbecker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:92

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Most patients in end-of-life with life-threatening diseases prefer to be cared for and die at home. Nevertheless, the majority die in hospitals. GPs have a pivotal role in providing end-of-life care at patient...

    Authors: Anna Kirstine Winthereik, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Anders Bonde Jensen and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:91

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The aim of our study was to determine the association of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as the main socio-demographic factors, with patients’ satisfaction with primary healthcare services.

    Authors: Rima Kavalnienė, Aušra Deksnyte, Vytautas Kasiulevičius, Virginijus Šapoka, Ramūnas Aranauskas and Lukas Aranauskas

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:90

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Current health policy focuses on improving accessibility, increasing integration and shifting resources from hospitals to community and primary care. Initiatives aimed at achieving these policy aims have suppo...

    Authors: Rebecca Elvey, Simon Bailey, Kath Checkland, Anne McBride, Stephen Parkin, Katy Rothwell and Damian Hodgson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:89

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In 2013 the Dutch guideline for management of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) was published. The aim of this study is to assess medical care for patients with persistent MUS as recorded in their electroni...

    Authors: Kate Sitnikova, Rinske Pret-Oskam, Sandra M. A. Dijkstra-Kersten, Stephanie S. Leone, Harm W. J. van Marwijk, Henriëtte E. van der Horst and Johannes C. van der Wouden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:88

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Across Canada and internationally we have poor infrastructure to regularly collect survey data from primary care practices to supplement data from chart audits and physician billings. The purpose of this work ...

    Authors: Sabrina T. Wong, William Hogg, Fred Burge, Sharon Johnston, Ilisha French and Stephanie Blackman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:87

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of pain is very common in the oldest age group. Managing pain successfully is a key topic in primary care, especially within the ageing population. Different care settings might have an impact o...

    Authors: Tina Mallon, Annette Ernst, Christian Brettschneider, Hans-Helmut König, Tobias Luck, Susanne Röhr, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Edelgard Mösch, Dagmar Weeg, Angela Fuchs, Michael Pentzek, Luca Kleineidam, Kathrin Heser, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Wolfgang Maier…

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:85

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  33. Content type: Research article

    This study investigated the effects of three different risk displays used in a cardiovascular risk calculator on patients’ motivation for shared decision-making (SDM). We compared a newly developed time-to-eve...

    Authors: Nikita Roman A. Jegan, Sarah Anna Kürwitz, Lena Kathrin Kramer, Monika Heinzel-Gutenbrunner, Charles Christian Adarkwah, Uwe Popert and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:84

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Exploring frontline staff perceptions of patient safety is important, because they largely determine how improvement interventions are understood and implemented. However, research evidence in this area is ver...

    Authors: Carl de Wet, Paul Bowie and Catherine O’Donnell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:83

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Providing relevant information on disease and self-management helps patients to seek timely contact with care providers and become actively involved in their own care process. Therefore, health professionals f...

    Authors: Aniek A. O. M. Claassen, Henk J. Schers, Sander Koëter, Willemijn H. van der Laan, Keetie C. A. L. C. Kremers-van de Hei, Joris Botman, Vincent J. J. F. Busch, Wim H. C. Rijnen and Cornelia H. M. van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:82

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Guideline adherence in chronic kidney disease management is low, despite guideline implementation initiatives. Knowing general practitioners’ (GPs’) perspectives of management of early-stage chronic kidney dis...

    Authors: Carola van Dipten, Saskia van Berkel, Wim J. C. de Grauw, Nynke D. Scherpbier-de Haan, Bouke Brongers, Karel van Spaendonck, Jack F. M. Wetzels, Willem J. J. Assendelft and Marianne K. Dees

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:81

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Assessment of chest pain in general practice is challenging. General practitioners (GPs) often feel uncertainty when dealing with chest pain. The role of new diagnostic tools is yet unclear.

    Authors: Leen Biesemans, Lotte E. Cleef, Robert T. A. Willemsen, Beatrijs B. N. Hoorweg, Walter S. Renier, Frank Buntinx, Jan F. C. Glatz and Geert-Jan Dinant

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:80

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. NICE guidelines on recognition and referral of suspected cancer, recommend performing digital rectal examination (DRE) on patients with urinary sympt...

    Authors: Daniel Jones, Charlotte Friend, Andreas Dreher, Victoria Allgar and Una Macleod

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:79

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Collaborative care treatment is widely recognized as an effective approach to improve the quality of mental healthcare through enhanced and structured collaboration between general practice and specialized psy...

    Authors: Marlene Christina Rosengaard Møller, Anna Mygind and Flemming Bro

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:78

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  40. Content type: Research article

    QUALICOPC is an international survey of primary care performance. QUALICOPC data have been used in several studies, yet the representativeness of the Canadian QUALICOPC survey is unknown, potentially limiting ...

    Authors: Allanah Li, Shawna Cronin, Yu Qing Bai, Kevin Walker, Mehdi Ammi, William Hogg, Sabrina T. Wong and Walter P. Wodchis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:77

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In managing a life with coronary heart disease and the possibility of planning and following a rehabilitation plan, patients’ empowerment and self-efficacy are considered important. However, currently there is...

    Authors: Anita Kärner Köhler, Pia Tingström, Tiny Jaarsma and Staffan Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:76

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Practice facilitation is increasingly used to support guideline implementation and practice development in primary care and there is a need to explore how this implementation approach works in real-life settings.

    Authors: Tina Drud Due, Marius Brostrøm Kousgaard, Frans Boch Waldorff and Thorkil Thorsen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:75

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  43. Content type: Research article

    High turnover among general practitioners (GPs) is a significant challenge in China’s efforts to build a sustainable, effective primary care system, but little data is available to help understand and address ...

    Authors: Yong Gan, Yanhong Gong, Yawen Chen, Shiyi Cao, Liqing Li, Yanfeng Zhou, Chulani Herath, Wenzhen Li, Xingyue Song, Jing Li, Tingting Yang, Xiaoxv Yin and Zuxun Lu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:74

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Falls and the resulting complications are common among frail older adults. We aimed to explore risk factors and potential prevention strategies for falls in elderly residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF).

    Authors: Emily J. Cameron, Susan K. Bowles, Emily Gard Marshall and Melissa K. Andrew

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:73

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Primary care is changing rapidly to meet the needs of an ageing and chronically ill population. New ways of working are called for yet the introduction of innovative service interventions is complicated by org...

    Authors: Ian Litchfield, Paramjit Gill, Tony Avery, Stephen Campbell, Katherine Perryman, Kate Marsden and Sheila Greenfield

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:72

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Cluster randomized controlled trials are often used in research in primary care but creates challenges regarding biases and confounders. We recently presented a study on low back pain from primary care in Norw...

    Authors: Erik L. Werner, Ida Løchting, Kjersti Storheim and Margreth Grotle

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:71

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