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  1. Content type: Research article

    Current recommendations for strengthening the US healthcare system consider restructuring primary care into multidisciplinary teams as vital to improving quality and efficiency. Yet, approaches to the selectio...

    Authors: Brandi Leach, Perri Morgan, Justine Strand de Oliveira, Sharon Hull, Truls Østbye and Christine Everett

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:115

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    Due to the growing prevalence of elderly patients with multi-morbidity living at home, there is an increasing need for primary care professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds to collaborate as prima...

    Authors: Kirti D. Doekhie, Martina Buljac-Samardzic, Mathilde M. H. Strating and Jaap Paauwe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:111

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    Out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) is intended to provide medical care services for health problems that cannot wait until normal office hours. Children under five years of age represent about 19% of all OOH-P...

    Authors: Grete Moth, Linda Huibers, Astrid Ovesen, Morten Bondo Christensen and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:112

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    We sought to characterize how the term “missed opportunities” is reported in the literature in the context of immunization rates and to assess how missed opportunities can be operationalized.

    Authors: Natalia Loskutova, Craig Smail, Brian Webster, Kemi Ajayi, Julie Wood and Jennifer Carroll

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:108

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    Primary care needs to be strengthened in order to address the many societal challenges. Group practices in primary care foster collaboration with other health care providers, which encourages care co-ordinatio...

    Authors: Evi Matthys, Roy Remmen and Peter Van Bogaert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:110

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    It is not known how general practitioners (GPs) perceive the concept of self-care and how they assess self-care ability in patients with multiple chronic conditions. As a part of the strategy to improve the ca...

    Authors: Mads Aage Toft Kristensen, Bibi Hølge-Hazelton, Frans Boch Waldorff and Ann Dorrit Guassora

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:109

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Primary care nurse-led prediabetes interventions are seldom reported. We examined the implementation and feasibility of a 6-month multilevel primary care nurse-led prediabetes lifestyle intervention compared w...

    Authors: Kirsten J. Coppell, Sally L. Abel, Trish Freer, Andrew Gray, Kiri Sharp, Joanna K. Norton, Terrie Spedding, Lillian Ward and Lisa C. Whitehead

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:106

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Millions of people with substance use disorders (SUDs) need, but do not receive, treatment. Delivering SUD treatment in primary care settings could increase access to treatment because most people visit their ...

    Authors: Allison J. Ober, Katherine E. Watkins, Sarah B. Hunter, Brett Ewing, Karen Lamp, Mimi Lind, Kirsten Becker, Keith Heinzerling, Karen C. Osilla, Allison L. Diamant and Claude M. Setodji

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:107

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Facing rising inequities and poorer accessibility of physicians in rural areas, new healthcare delivery structures are being considered to support local healthcare in German communities. To better understand p...

    Authors: Bertolt Kuhn, Kim-Sarah Kleij, Sebastian Liersch, Jost Steinhäuser and Volker Amelung

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:105

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Chlamydia prevalence remains high despite scaling-up control efforts. Transmission is not effectively interrupted without partner notification (PN) and (timely) partner treatment (PT). In the Netherlands, the ...

    Authors: Ingrid V. F. van den Broek, Gé A. Donker, Karin Hek, Jan E. A. M. van Bergen, Birgit H. B. van Benthem and Hannelore M. Götz

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:103

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    High utilization of health care services is a costly phenomenon commonly observed in primary care practices. However, while frequent attendance in primary care has been broadly studied across age groups, aspec...

    Authors: Franziska D. Welzel, Janine Stein, André Hajek, Hans-Helmut König and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:104

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    In the future, ‘delegation’ as task shifting from general practitioners (GPs) to non-physicians will be important in primary care. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the attitudes towards the con...

    Authors: Katja Goetz, Anna Kornitzky, Janis Mahnkopf and Jost Steinhäuser

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:102

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Despite the wealth of research devoted to the performance of individual cognitive tests for diagnosing cognitive impairment (including mild cognitive impairment and dementia), it can be difficult for general p...

    Authors: Jolien Janssen, Paula S. Koekkoek, Eric P. Moll van Charante, L. Jaap Kappelle, Geert Jan Biessels and Guy E. H. M. Rutten

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:101

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Depression is a common comorbidity in patients with chronic heart failure (HF) and linked to a wider range of symptoms which, in turn, are linked to a decreased health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Treatmen...

    Authors: Marion Eisele, Sigrid Boczor, Anja Rakebrandt, Eva Blozik, Jens-Martin Träder, Stefan Störk, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:100

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    Medical overuse is a topic of growing interest in health care systems and especially in primary care. It comprises both over investigation and overtreatment. Quaternary prevention strategies aim at protecting ...

    Authors: Kathrin Alber, Thomas Kuehlein, Angela Schedlbauer and Susann Schaffer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:99

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    Suggested strategies in reducing the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCD) are early diagnosing and screening. We have limited proof of benefit of population screening for NCD. Increased mortality in perso...

    Authors: Pål Jørgensen, Arnulf Langhammer, Steinar Krokstad and Siri Forsmo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:98

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Australian parents/carers of a person with a disability experience higher rates of depression, more financial stress, and are twice as likely to be in poor physical health than the general population. Aborigin...

    Authors: Michelle DiGiacomo, Anna Green, Patricia Delaney, John Delaney, Patrick Patradoon-Ho, Patricia Mary Davidson and Penelope Abbott

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:96

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Australians with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) can access affordable Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) treatments with high cure rates (>90%), via General Practitioners (GPs). Benefits from this treatment will be maxi...

    Authors: Jane Scarborough, Emma Ruth Miller, Paul Aylward and Jaklin Eliott

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:97

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Recent evidence suggests that screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans significantly reduces mortality from lung cancer. However, optimal methods to identify potentially eligible patients in pr...

    Authors: Mary Ann O’Brien, Frank Sullivan, Andrea Carson, Rabiya Siddiqui, Saddaf Syed and Lawrence Paszat

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:95

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Despite recent guidelines suggesting that patients with chronic non-malignant pain might not benefit, there has been a significant rise in opioid prescription for chronic non-malignant pain. This topic is impo...

    Authors: Fran Toye, Kate Seers, Stephanie Tierney and Karen Louise Barker

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:94

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Patients as real healthcare system users are important observers of primary care and are able to provide reliable information about the quality of care. The aim of this study was to explore the patients’ exper...

    Authors: Marek Oleszczyk, Anna Krztoń-Królewiecka, Willemijn L. A. Schäfer, Wienke G. W. Boerma and Adam Windak

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:93

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Migrants are more likely to use out-of-hours primary care, especially for nonurgent problems. Their motives and expectations for help-seeking are as yet unknown. The objective of this study is to examine the m...

    Authors: Ellen Keizer, Peter Bakker, Paul Giesen, Michel Wensing, Femke Atsma, Marleen Smits and Maria van den Muijsenbergh

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:92

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and is associated with considerable co-morbidity. It is usually managed in the primary care setting with a combination of lifestyle modification and pharm...

    Authors: Anthony Dowell, Caroline Morris, Lindsay Macdonald and Maria Stubbe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:91

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Empirical prescribing of antibiotics to women with symptoms of acute cystitis prior to culture results is common, but subsequent culture results are often negative. A clinical decision aid for prescribing deci...

    Authors: Warren J. McIsaac, Rahim Moineddin, Ildikó Gágyor and Tony Mazzulli

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:89

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Family members often play important roles in the lives of depressed older men and frequently attend primary care visits with their loved ones, yet surprisingly little is known about how to most effectively eng...

    Authors: Ladson Hinton, Andrés F. Sciolla, Jürgen Unützer, Edward Elizarraras, Richard L. Kravitz and Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:88

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Japanese health care system has yet to establish structured training for primary care physicians; therefore, physicians who received an internal medicine based training program continue to play a principal...

    Authors: Makoto Kaneko, Ryuichi Ohta, Naoki Nago, Motoharu Fukushi and Masato Matsushima

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:87

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  27. Content type: Research article

    After hours general practice clinics provide medical attention for clients with non-emergency situations but are seeking immediate treatment and unable to wait for a general practitioner during routine opening...

    Authors: Kristy Payne, Tegan Dutton, Kate Weal, Maree Earle, Ross Wilson and Jannine Bailey

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:86

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Effective management of people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) requires development of new models of care, and successful implementation relies on engagement of general practitioners (GPs). This study used a qua...

    Authors: Thorlene Egerton, Rachel Nelligan, Jenny Setchell, Lou Atkins and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:85

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The primary care out-of-hours (OOH) services in Norway are characterized by high contact rates by telephone. The telephone contacts are handled by local emergency medical communication centres (LEMCs), mainly ...

    Authors: Vivian Midtbø, Guttorm Raknes and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:84

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The diagnostic pathway of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is often complicated. Experiences during this pathway can affect patients’ satisfaction and their confidence and trust in healthcare providers. Although healt...

    Authors: Annette O. A. Plouvier, Tim C. Olde Hartman, Olga A. de Bont, Sjoerd Maandag, Bastiaan R. Bloem, Chris van Weel and Antoine L. M. Lagro-Janssen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:83

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Missed appointments serve as a key indicator for adherence to therapy and as such, identifying patient reasons for this inconsistency could assist in developing programmes to improve health outcomes. In this a...

    Authors: Bvudzai P. Magadzire, Thubelihle Mathole and Kim Ward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:82

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Substantial variations are still to be found in the strength of general practice/family medicine (GP/FM) across Europe regarding governance, workforce competence and performance, as well as academic developmen...

    Authors: Natalia Zarbailov, Stefan Wilm, Howard Tandeter, Francesco Carelli and Mette Brekke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:80

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In many countries, the referral-consultation process faces a number of challenges from inefficiencies and rising demand, resulting in excessive wait times for many specialties. We collected referral data from ...

    Authors: Clare Liddy, Sadaf Arbab-Tafti, Isabella Moroz and Erin Keely

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:81

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Diagnostic uncertainty is one of the largest contributory factors to the occurrence of diagnostic errors across most specialties in medicine and arguably uncertainty is greatest in primary care due to the undi...

    Authors: Rahul Alam, Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi, Maria Panagioti, Aneez Esmail, Stephen Campbell and Efharis Panagopoulou

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:79

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Anal disorders are largely underestimated in general practice. Studies have shown patients conceal anal symptoms leading to late diagnosis and treatment. Management by general practitioners is poorly described...

    Authors: Géraldine Tournu, Laurent Abramowitz, Camille Couffignal, Frédéric Juguet, Agnès Sénéjoux, Stéphane Berger, Anne-Laure Wiart, Marc Bernard, Françoise Provost, Hélène Pillant-Le Moult, Dominique Bouchard and Jean-Pierre Aubert

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:78

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  36. Content type: Research article

    One-in-five people in the UK experience anxiety and/or depression in later life. However, anxiety and depression remain poorly detected in older people, particularly in those with chronic physical ill health. ...

    Authors: Tom Kingstone, Heather Burroughs, Bernadette Bartlam, Mo Ray, Janine Proctor, Thomas Shepherd, Peter Bullock and Carolyn Anne Chew-Graham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:77

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Blood transfusion in chronic anemia is not covered by guidelines specific to older adults. When they consider that this treatment is necessary in elderly patients, French general practitioners (GPs) contact a ...

    Authors: Sylvain Le Calvé, Dominique Somme, Joaquim Prud’homm and Aline Corvol

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:76

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Improved Primary Health Care (PHC) utilisation is central to reducing the unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates characterising populations living in remote communities. Despite poorer health, significant ...

    Authors: John Wakerman, Lisa Sparrow, Susan L Thomas, John S Humphreys and Mike Jones

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:75

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Overweight and obesity are common health problems which increase the risk of developing several serious health conditions. The main difficulty in the management of weight-loss lies in its maintenance, once it ...

    Authors: Juan Jose Rodriguez-Cristobal, Carlos Alonso-Villaverde, Jose Ma Panisello, Pere Travé-Mercade, Francisca Rodriguez-Cortés, Josep Ramon Marsal and Esther Peña

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:74

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Antidepressant prescribing continues to increase, with 5-16% of adults receiving antidepressants annually. Total prescribing growth is due in part to increased long-term use, greater selective serotonin re-upt...

    Authors: Chris F. Johnson, Brian Williams, Stephen A. MacGillivray, Nadine J. Dougall and Margaret Maxwell

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:72

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Primary care plays a pivotal role in the provision of both mental health care and chronic disease prevention and screening (CDPS). Unfortunately, moderate mental illness (MMI) is associated with poorer general...

    Authors: Ginetta Salvalaggio, Christopher Meaney, Rahim Moineddin, Eva Grunfeld and Donna Manca

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:73

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Depression is more prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) than in those without, but its detection is complicated by the symptom overlap between the two diseases. General practitioners (GPs) are the fir...

    Authors: Marion Eisele, Anja Rakebrandt, Sigrid Boczor, Agata Kazek, Nadine Pohontsch, Magdalena Okolo-Kulak, Eva Blozik, Jens-Martin Träder, Stefan Störk, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:71

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is now widely used in clinical encounters. Because its use can negatively impact the physician-patient relationship, several recommendations on the “patient-centered” use of ...

    Authors: Cédric Lanier, Melissa Dominicé Dao, Patricia Hudelson, Bernard Cerutti and Noëlle Junod Perron

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:69

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Patients from rural and urban regions should have equitable access to health care. In Germany, the physician-patient-ratio and the supply of medical services vary greatly between urban and rural areas. The aim...

    Authors: H. Hansen, N. J. Pohontsch, L. Bole, I. Schäfer and M. Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:68

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Reducing unplanned hospital admissions is a key priority within the UK and other healthcare systems, however it remains uncertain how this can be achieved. This paper explores the relationship between unplanne...

    Authors: John Busby, Sarah Purdy and William Hollingworth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:67

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Rising dementia prevalence rates rise combined with the policy objective of enabling people with dementia to remain living at home, means that there will be a growing demand for dementia care in the community ...

    Authors: Tony Foley, Siobhán Boyle, Aisling Jennings and W. Henry Smithson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:66

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Lyme disease (LD), a multisystem infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (B. burgdorferi), is the most reported vector-borne disease in North America, and by 2020, 80% of the populat...

    Authors: Salima Gasmi, Nicholas H. Ogden, Patrick A. Leighton, Ariane Adam-Poupart, François Milord, L. Robbin Lindsay, Sapha Barkati and Karine Thivierge

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:65

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