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  1. Content type: Research article

    Social relationships are important to people and affect their quality of life, morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between elderly patients’ descriptions of their soci...

    Authors: Tina Drud Due, Håkon Sandholdt, Volkert Dirk Siersma and Frans Boch Waldorff

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:34

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    Dizziness is a common reason for consulting a general practitioner and there is a broad range of possible underlying aetiologies. There are few evidence-based data about prevalence, aetiology and prognosis in ...

    Authors: Stefan Bösner, Sonja Schwarm, Paula Grevenrath, Laura Schmidt, Kaja Hörner, Dominik Beidatsch, Milena Bergmann, Annika Viniol, Annette Becker and Jörg Haasenritter

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:33

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    Most health authorities do not recommend screening for prostate cancer with PSA tests in asymptomatic patients who are not at increased risk. However, opportunistic screening for prostate cancer is still wante...

    Authors: Pia Kirkegaard, Adrian Edwards, Trine Laura Overgaard Nielsen, Torben Falck Ørntoft, Karina Dalsgaard Sørensen, Michael Borre and Flemming Bro

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:32

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    In an ageing population, it is inevitable to improve the management of care for community-dwelling elderly with incontinence. A previous study showed that implementation of the Optimum Continence Service Speci...

    Authors: Margreet G Franken, Isaac Corro Ramos, Jeanine Los and Maiwenn J Al

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:31

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    The pattern of alcohol consumption in Ireland has serious societal and health consequences. General practice is well placed to screen for problem alcohol use and to carry out brief interventions. The aims of t...

    Authors: Andrew O’Regan, Walter Cullen, Louise Hickey, David Meagher and Ailish Hannigan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:30

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    Public performance reporting (PPR) of hospital data aims to improve quality of care in hospitals and to inform consumer choice. In Australia, general practitioners (GPs) are gatekeepers to secondary care with ...

    Authors: Khic-Houy Prang, Rachel Canaway, Marie Bismark, David Dunt and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:29

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Depression is one of the leading causes of disability and affects 10-15% of the population. The majority of people with depressive symptoms seek care and are treated in primary care. Evidence internationally f...

    Authors: Cecilia Björkelund, Irene Svenningsson, Dominique Hange, Camilla Udo, Eva-Lisa Petersson, Nashmil Ariai, Shabnam Nejati, Catrin Wessman, Carl Wikberg, Malin André, Lars Wallin and Jeanette Westman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:28

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Good patient experience is recognized as an important component of a strong primary care system. Among the dimensions related to experience in family medicine, the ability to cope better with health problems i...

    Authors: Christine Cohidon, Pascal Wild and Nicolas Senn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:27

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Professionally-focussed behaviour change intervention (BCI) workshops were utilised in the Management of OsteoArthritis in Consultations (MOSAICS) trial investigating the feasibility of implementing the Nation...

    Authors: Mark Porcheret, Chris Main, Peter Croft and Krysia Dziedzic

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:26

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The objectives were to identify 1) the clinician and child characteristics associated with; 2) clinical management decisions following from, and; 3) the prognostic value of; a clinician’s ‘gut feeling somethin...

    Authors: Sophie Turnbull, Patricia J. Lucas, Niamh M. Redmond, Hannah Christensen, Hannah Thornton, Christie Cabral, Peter S. Blair, Brendan C. Delaney, Matthew Thompson, Paul Little, Tim J. Peters and Alastair D. Hay

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:25

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Evidence from first world contexts support the notion that strong primary health care teams contain family physicians (FPs). African leaders are looking for evidence from their own context. The roles and scope...

    Authors: Klaus B. von Pressentin, Robert J. Mash, Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, Roelf Petrus Gerhardus Botha, Indiran Govender, Wilhelm Johannes Steinberg and Tonya M. Esterhuizen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:24

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Offenders frequently have substantial healthcare needs and, like many other socially marginalised groups, often receive healthcare in inverse proportion to their needs. Improved continuity of healthcare over t...

    Authors: Cath Quinn, Katie Denman, Philippa Smithson, Christabel Owens, Rod Sheaff, John Campbell, Ian Porter, Jill Annison and Richard Byng

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:22

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Illness perception questionnaires for various medical conditions have become more useful in recent years. However, very few have addressed this issue for Type 2 diabetes in Saudi Arabia.

    Authors: Sameer Al-Ghamdi, Gulfam Ahmad, Ali Hassan Ali, Nasraddin Bahakim, Salman Alomran, Waleed Alhowikan, Salman Almutairi, Tariq Basalem and Faisal Aljuaid

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:21

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    The use of dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs is increasing, and there is adequate concern about potential harmful effects. However, there are limited reports on the concurrent use of nonpres...

    Authors: Shoichi Masumoto, Mikiya Sato, Takami Maeno, Yumiko Ichinohe and Tetsuhiro Maeno

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:20

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric complaints are common among primary care patients, with depression and anxiety being the most frequent. Diagnosis of anxiety and depression can be difficult, potentially leading to over- as well as...

    Authors: Agneta Pettersson, Sonja Modin, Rolf Wahlström, Sandra af Winklerfelt Hammarberg and Ingvar Krakau

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:19

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Providing sickness certification is a decision that primary care physicians make on a daily basis. The majority of sickness certification studies in the literature involve a general assessment of physician or ...

    Authors: Yogarabindranath Swarna Nantha, Lei Hum Wee and Caryn Mei-Hsien Chan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:18

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Many people now take multiple medications on a long-term basis to manage health conditions. Optimising the benefit of such polypharmacy requires tailoring of medicines use to the needs and circumstances of ind...

    Authors: Joanne Reeve, Nicky Britten, Richard Byng, Jo Fleming, Janet Heaton and Janet Krska

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:17

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Although many studies have documented patient-, clinician-, and organizational barriers/facilitators of primary care among people with mental illnesses, few have examined whether these factors predict actual r...

    Authors: Bobbi Jo H. Yarborough, Scott P. Stumbo, Nancy A. Perrin, Ginger C. Hanson, John Muench and Carla A. Green

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:16

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Low patient satisfaction with the quality of out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) has been linked with several individual and organizational factors. However, findings have been ambiguous and may not apply to th...

    Authors: Mette Tranberg, Peter Vedsted, Bodil Hammer Bech, Morten Bondo Christensen, Søren Birkeland and Grete Moth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:15

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Given both the increase of nursing home residents forecast and challenges of current interprofessional interactions, we developed and tested measures to improve collaboration and communication between nurses a...

    Authors: Christiane A. Müller, Nina Fleischmann, Christoph Cavazzini, Susanne Heim, Svenja Seide, Christina Geister, Britta Tetzlaff, Andreas Hoell, Jochen Werle, Siegfried Weyerer, Martin Scherer and Eva Hummers

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:14

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The accuracy of blood pressure measurement is variable in office-based settings. Even when staff training programs are effective, knowledge and skills decay over time, supporting the need for ongoing staff tra...

    Authors: Lauren Block, Sarah J. Flynn, Lisa A. Cooper, Caroline Lentz, Tammie Hull, Katherine B. Dietz and Romsai T. Boonyasai

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:13

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Persons with severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) have a high prevalence of somatic conditions compared to the general population. Mortality data in the Nordic countries reveal that the...

    Authors: Elisabeth Björk Brämberg, Jarl Torgerson, Anna Norman Kjellström, Peder Welin and Marie Rusner

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:12

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Primary and community care are key settings for the effective management of long term conditions. We aimed to evaluate the pattern of health outcomes in chronic disease management interventions for adults with...

    Authors: Rebecca Reynolds, Sarah Dennis, Iqbal Hasan, Jan Slewa, Winnie Chen, David Tian, Sangeetha Bobba and Nicholas Zwar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:11

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  24. Content type: Research article

    To describe patterns of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use risk and adolescent reported primary care (PC) screening and intervention, and examine associations of AOD risk and mental health with reported care rec...

    Authors: Lisa S. Meredith, Brett A. Ewing, Bradley D. Stein, William G. Shadel, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Layla Parast and Elizabeth J. D’Amico

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:10

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Treatment burden is the workload of healthcare experienced by those with long-term conditions and the impact that this has on well-being. Treatment burden can negatively impact on quality of life and adherence...

    Authors: Katie I. Gallacher, Carl R. May, Peter Langhorne and Frances S. Mair

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:9

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Shifting care from the secondary to the primary system may present an opportunity to ensure that the increasing number of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) receive high-quality care while containing co...

    Authors: J. A. Wildeboer, A. R. T. van de Ven and D. de Boer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:8

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Acute fever is the most common pediatric condition encountered in general practice and a source of parental concern that can result in inappropriate behavior. The main objective of this study was to describe a...

    Authors: Anthony Chapron, Marc Brochard, Chloé Rousseau, Anne-Charlotte Rousseau, Martine Brujean, Laure Fiquet and Virginie Gandemer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:7

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  28. Content type: Research article

    UK guidelines recommend that patients with obesity in primary care receive opportunistic weight loss advice from health care professionals, but there is a lack of research into the characteristics and existing...

    Authors: Elizabeth H. Evans, Kirby Sainsbury, Dominika Kwasnicka, Alex Bolster, Vera Araujo-Soares and Falko F. Sniehotta

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:6

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Switzerland, like many other countries, has a shortage of General Practitioners (GPs). Optional GP training modules in GP practices were offered during the at least 5-year GP training program to increase stude...

    Authors: Lara Studerus, Regina Ahrens, Christian Häuptle, Adrian Goeldlin and Sven Streit

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:5

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 24 million Americans are living with diabetes. Patient activation among individuals with diabetes is critical to successful diabetes management. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model hol...

    Authors: Lori A. Bilello, Allyson Hall, Jeffrey Harman, Christopher Scuderi, Nipa Shah, Jon C. Mills and Shenae Samuels

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:4

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Although polypharmacy can cause adverse health outcomes, patients often know little about their medication. A regularly conducted medication review (MR) can help provide an overview of a patient’s medication, ...

    Authors: Mirella Carolin Uhl, Christiane Muth, Ferdinand Michael Gerlach, Goentje-Gesine Schoch and Beate Sigrid Müller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:3

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in old age and is associated with various negative health consequences for the affected individual. Studies suggest that patients’ views on depression have...

    Authors: Anne Stark, Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Janine Stein, Wolfgang Maier, Kathrin Heser, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Birgitt Wiese, Silke Mamone, Hans-Helmut König, Jens-Oliver Bock, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:2

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Long intervals between patient visits and limited time with patients can result in clinical inertia and suboptimal achievement of treatment goals. These obstacles can be improved with a multidisciplinary care ...

    Authors: Ayla M. Tourkmani, Osama Abdelhay, Hesham I. Alkhashan, Aboud F. Alaboud, Ahmed Bakhit, Tarek Elsaid, Ahmed Alawad, Aljohara Alobaikan, Hala Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Alqahtani, Adel Mishriky, Abdulaziz bin Rsheed and Turki J. Alharbi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:1

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  34. 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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  35. Content type: Research article

    Monitoring and evaluating changes of quality of primary care for older adult hypertensive patients is part of effective delivery of primary care. This study aimed to investigate changes of older adult hyperten...

    Authors: Haitao Li, Xiaolin Wei and Martin C. S. Wong

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:114

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  36. Content type: Research article

    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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  37. Content type: Research article

    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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  38. Content type: Research article

    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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  39. Content type: Research article

    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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  40. Content type: Research article

    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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. Content type: Research article

    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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  45. 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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  46. Content type: Research article

    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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  47. 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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  48. Content type: Research article

    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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