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  1. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities (CHC/D’s) often face challenges when transitioning to adult care, which leads to a higher risk of morbidity and mortality. Although it is recommen...

    Authors: Angela Xiao Han, Sandy Rosalie Whitehouse, Steve Tsai, Sandy Hwang and Sally Thorne

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:140

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    Adherence to osteoporosis treatment is crucial for good treatment effects. However, adherence has been shown to be poor and a substantial part of the patients don’t even initiate treatment. This study aimed to...

    Authors: Karin M. A. Swart, Myrthe van Vilsteren, Wesley van Hout, Esther Draak, Babette C. van der Zwaard, Henriette E. van der Horst, Jacqueline G. Hugtenburg and Petra J. M. Elders

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:141

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    Evidence-based practice for healthy lifestyle promotion in primary health care is supported internationally by national policies and guidelines but implementation in routine primary health care has been slow. ...

    Authors: Anne H. Berman, Karoline Kolaas, Elisabeth Petersén, Preben Bendtsen, Erik Hedman, Catharina Linderoth, Ulrika Müssener, Kristina Sinadinovic, Fredrik Spak, Ida Gremyr and Anna Thurang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:139

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    Empathy is widely regarded as being key to effective consultation in general practice. The Consultation and Relational Empathy (CARE) Measure is a widely used and well-validated patient-rated measure in Englis...

    Authors: Takaharu Matsuhisa, Noriyuki Takahashi, Muneyoshi Aomatsu, Kunihiko Takahashi, Jo Nishino, Nobutaro Ban and Stewart W. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:138

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    It is well known that older adults are high users of the health care system. Older adults with chronic conditions receive care from multiple providers, across multiple settings, and this care is often unorgani...

    Authors: Jacobi Elliott, Paul Stolee, Veronique Boscart, Lora Giangregorio and George Heckman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:137

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  6. Content type: Research article

    There has been a significant growth of the international primary health care (PHC) nursing workforce in recent decades in response to health system reform. However, there has been limited attention paid to str...

    Authors: Elizabeth Halcomb, Elizabeth Smyth and Susan McInnes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:136

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  7. Content type: Research article

    One million women per year seek medical advice for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) in the United Kingdom. Many low-risk patients who could be managed exclusively in primary care are referred to hospital based ...

    Authors: Brenda F. Narice, Brigitte Delaney and Jon M. Dickson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:135

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Continuity of care is a cornerstone of primary care and is important for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. The study objective was to examine patient, provider and contextual factors associated ...

    Authors: Christine M. Everett, Perri Morgan, Valerie A. Smith, Sandra Woolson, David Edelman, Cristina C. Hendrix, Theodore Berkowitz, Brandolyn White and George L. Jackson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:132

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors experience difficulty navigating complex care pathways. Sharing care between GPs and specialist services has been proposed to improve health outcomes in cancer survivors follo...

    Authors: Lawrence Tan, Gisselle Gallego, Thi Thao Cam Nguyen, Les Bokey and Jennifer Reath

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:134

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Entitlement to sickness benefits is a legal process requiring health-related reduced work capacity confirmed by a physician via a sickness certificate. However, there is a knowledge gap concerning physicians’ ...

    Authors: Monica Bertilsson, Silje Maeland, Jesper Löve, Gunnar Ahlborg Jr, Erik L. Werner and Gunnel Hensing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:133

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Poor mental well-being and low job satisfaction among physicians can have significant negative implications for the physicians and their patients and may also reduce the cost efficiency in health care. Mental ...

    Authors: Karen Busk Nørøxe, Anette Fischer Pedersen, Flemming Bro and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:130

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Treatment complexity rises in line with the number of drugs, single doses, and administration methods, thereby threatening patient adherence. Patients with multimorbidity often need flexible, individualised tr...

    Authors: Fiona von Buedingen, Marc S. Hammer, Andreas D. Meid, Walter E. Müller, Ferdinand M. Gerlach and Christiane Muth

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:131

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and somatoform disorders are common in general practices, but there is evidence that general practitioners (GPs) rarely use these codes. Assuming that correct classificatio...

    Authors: N. J. Pohontsch, T. Zimmermann, C. Jonas, M. Lehmann, B. Löwe and M. Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:129

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Despite the risks, concussion symptoms often go underreported by athletes, leading to delayed or forgone treatment and increased potential for concussion recurrence. One of the most serious long-term consequen...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Beverly, Todd R. Fredricks, Andrew Leubitz, Benjamin R. Oldach, Daniel Kana, Michael D. Grant, Jonathon Whipps and Emily H. Guseman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:128

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Discharge summary with medication report effectively counteracts drug-related problems due to insufficient information transfer in care transitions. The benefits of the discharge summary may be lost if it is n...

    Authors: Gabriella Caleres, Eva Lena Strandberg, Åsa Bondesson, Patrik Midlöv and Sara Modig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:127

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Advanced primary care models emphasize patient-centered care, including self-management support (SMS), but the effective use of SMS for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) remains a challenge. Interactive beh...

    Authors: W. Perry Dickinson, L. Miriam Dickinson, Bonnie T. Jortberg, Danielle M. Hessler, Douglas H. Fernald and Lawrence Fisher

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:126

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  17. Content type: Research article

    No studies that have measured the role of nursing care plans in patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. Our objectives were firstly, to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing Standardized...

    Authors: J. Cárdenas-Valladolid, A. López-de Andrés, R. Jiménez-García, M. J. de Dios-Duarte, P. Gómez-Campelo, C. de Burgos-Lunar, F. J. San Andrés-Rebollo, J. C. Abánades-Herranz and M. A. Salinero-Fort

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:125

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    The consequences of lifestyle-related disease represent a major burden for the individual as well as for society at large. Individual preventive health checks to the general population have been suggested as a...

    Authors: Lars Bruun Larsen, Anders Larrabee Sonderlund, Jens Sondergaard, Janus Laust Thomsen, Anders Halling, Niels Christian Hvidt, Elisabeth Assing Hvidt, Troels Mønsted, Line Bjornskov Pedersen, Ewa M. Roos, Pia Vivian Pedersen and Trine Thilsing

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:124

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. 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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  21. Content type: Research article

    Majority of patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, receive care at primary care setting. Efforts have been made to restructure diabetes care in the Malaysian primary care setting in accordance with ...

    Authors: Suraya Abdul-Razak, Anis Safura Ramli, Siti Fatimah Badlishah-Sham and Jamaiyah Haniff

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:119

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety incidents (PSIs) frequently occur in primary care and are often considered to be preventable. Better knowledge of factors contributing to PSIs is required to build safer care. The aim of this wo...

    Authors: M. Chaneliere, D. Koehler, T. Morlan, J. Berra, C. Colin, I. Dupie and P. Michel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2018 19:121

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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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