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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Content type: Research article

    Good physician-patient communication can favor the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits, which is essential in high blood pressure (BP) management. More empathic physicians tend to have lower burnout and bette...

    Authors: Oriol Yuguero, Josep Ramon Marsal, Montserrat Esquerda and Jorge Soler-González

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:63

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site and in collaboration with emergency departments of hospitals (ED). ...

    Authors: Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits and Paul Giesen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:62

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Our aim was to investigate patterns of health care resource use by patients before and after a diagnosis of CFS/ME, as recorded by Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) GP practices in the UK.

    Authors: Simon M. Collin, Inger J. Bakken, Irwin Nazareth, Esther Crawley and Peter D. White

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:60

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Social change, intensified by industrialization and globalization, has not only changed people’s work lives but also their personal lives, especially in developing countries. The aim of this study was to provi...

    Authors: Yao Cheng, Liuyi Zhang, Fang Wang, Ping Zhang, Beizhu Ye and Yuan Liang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:59

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Primary health-care professionals play an important role in the treatment and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Continuing Medical Education (CME)-courses can influence the knowledge and beh...

    Authors: Linda H. A. Bos-Bonnie, Jan E. A. M. van Bergen, Ellen te Pas, Michael A. Kijser and Nynke van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:57

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Depression is a common health condition affecting up to a third of patients attending primary care, where most of the care for people with depression is provided. Adequate recognition of depression is the crit...

    Authors: Abebaw Fekadu, Girmay Medhin, Medhin Selamu, Tedla W. Giorgis, Crick Lund, Atalay Alem, Martin Prince and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:56

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Medical certificates influence the distribution of economic benefits in welfare states; however, the qualitative aspects of these texts remain largely unexplored. The present study is the first systematic inve...

    Authors: Guri Aarseth, Bård Natvig, Eivind Engebretsen and Anne Kveim Lie

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:55

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Physicians’ clinical decision-making may be influenced by non‐analytical thinking, especially when perceiving uncertainty. Incidental gut feelings in general practice have been described, namely, as “a sense o...

    Authors: Marie Barais, Johannes Hauswaldt, Daniel Hausmann, Slawomir Czachowski, Agnieszka Sowinska, Paul Van Royen and Erik Stolper

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:54

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Much research worldwide is focussed on cost containment and better adherence to guidelines in healthcare. The research focussing on professional behaviour is often performed in a well-controlled research setti...

    Authors: J. Trietsch, B. van Steenkiste, R. Grol, B. Winkens, H. Ulenkate, J. Metsemakers and T. van der Weijden

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:53

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbidity is a major issue for primary care. We aimed to explore primary care professionals’ accounts of managing multimorbidity and its impact on clinical decision making and regional health care delivery.

    Authors: Tim Stokes, Emma Tumilty, Fiona Doolan-Noble and Robin Gauld

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:51

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    Swiss primary care (PC) is facing workforce shortage. Up to 2011 this workforce was supplied by two board certifications: general medicine and internal medicine. To strengthen them against subspecialties, they...

    Authors: Nathalie Scherz, Stefan Markun, Vera Aemissegger, Thomas Rosemann and Ryan Tandjung

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:52

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Early diagnosis and treatment of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) can prevent future health problems, yet many individuals with these conditions are undiagnosed. This could be due, in part, to p...

    Authors: Dina Hafez, Daniel B. Nelson, Evan G. Martin, Alicia J. Cohen, Rebecca Northway and Jeffrey T. Kullgren

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:50

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Municipal drinking water contaminated with the parasite Giardia lamblia in Bergen, Norway, in 2004 caused an outbreak of gastrointestinal infection in 2500 people, according to the Norwegian Prescription Database...

    Authors: Eva Stormorken, Leonard A. Jason and Marit Kirkevold

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:49

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Whereas several studies have examined the association between frequent attendance in primary care and illness-specific psychological factors, little is known about the relation between frequent attendance and gen...

    Authors: André Hajek, Jens-Oliver Bock and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:48

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  19. Content type: Research article

    With population ageing, research is needed into new low-cost, scalable methods of effective promotion of health and wellbeing for older people. We aimed to assess feasibility, reach and costs of implementing a...

    Authors: Kate Walters, Kalpa Kharicha, Claire Goodman, Melanie Handley, Jill Manthorpe, Mima Cattan, Steve Morris, Caroline S. Clarke, Jeff Round and Steve Iliffe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:47

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Current literature describes the limits and pitfalls of using opioid pharmacotherapy for chronic pain and the importance of identifying alternatives. The objective of this study was to identify the practical i...

    Authors: Lauren S. Penney, Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Lynn L. DeBar, Charles Elder and Richard A. Deyo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 17:164

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease pr...

    Authors: Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen and Sumeet Sodhi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:46

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, the development of which is a relapse prevention strategy for those with alcohol use disorder. However, it is a challenge to create exercise intervent...

    Authors: Sengül Sari, Ashley Elizabeth Muller and Kirsten K. Roessler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:45

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