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  1. Social and environmental factors in advanced heart failure (HF) patients may be crucial to cope with the end stages of the disease. This study analyzes health inequalities and mortality according to place of r...

    Authors: Miguel-Angel Muñoz, Raquel Garcia, Elena Navas, Julio Duran, José-Luis Del Val-Garcia and José-Maria Verdú-Rotellar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:145

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is an incentive scheme for general practice, which was introduced across the UK in 2004. The Quality and Outcomes Framework is one of the biggest pay for performance (P...

    Authors: Nagina Khan, David Rudoler, Mary McDiarmid and Stephen Peckham

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:142

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The potential value of expanding the Practice Nurse role to include the recognition and management of dementia has been acknowledged. Practice Nurses are well-positioned to provide comprehensive dementia infor...

    Authors: Caroline Gibson, Dianne Goeman and Dimity Pond

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:141

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Transitioning from pediatric care to adult-oriented care at age 18 (the age of transfer in most countries and jurisdictions) is a complex process for adolescents and young adults affected by chronic physical h...

    Authors: Kyleigh Schraeder, Gina Dimitropoulos, Kerry McBrien, Jessica Yijia Li and Susan Samuel

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:140

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) is an important modifiable risk factor for recurrent stroke. Secondary prevention measures when implemented can reduce stroke re-occurrence by 80%. However, hypertension contro...

    Authors: Róisín Doogue, David McCann, Noirin Fitzgerald, Andrew W. Murphy, Liam G. Glynn and Peter Hayes

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:139

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Amidst increased pressures on General Practice across England, the receptionist continues to fulfil key administrative and clinically related tasks. The need for more robust support for these key personnel to ...

    Authors: Michael Burrows, Nicola Gale, Sheila Greenfield and Ian Litchfield

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:138

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Family practice and family doctors are critical part of China’s primary healthcare delivery in a constantly evolving society. As the first point of contact with the medical system, family practices require phy...

    Authors: Xinglong Xu, Lulin Zhou, Henry Asante-Antwi, Ama Boafo-Arthur and Tehzeeb Mustafa

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:137

    Content type: Research article

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  8. As part of a broader study to improve the capacity for advance care planning (ACP) in primary healthcare settings, the research team set out to develop and validate a computerized algorithm to help primary car...

    Authors: Cynthia Kendell, Jyoti Kotecha, Mary Martin, Han Han, Margaret Jorgensen and Robin Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:136

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Clinical coordination across care levels is a priority for health systems around the world, especially for those based on primary health care. The aim of this study is to analyse the degree of clinical informa...

    Authors: Laura Esteve-Matalí, Ingrid Vargas, Elvira Sánchez, Isabel Ramon, Pere Plaja and María-Luisa Vázquez

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:135

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Work stress is an increasing burden in society. Identifying early symptoms of work stress in primary healthcare (PHC) could result in earlier and better-targeted care. The Work Stress Questionnaire (WSQ) was d...

    Authors: Christine Sandheimer, Tove Hedenrud, Gunnel Hensing and Kristina Holmgren

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:133

    Content type: Research article

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  11. General practitioners (GPs) often manage individuals with work-related common mental disorders (CMD: depressive disorders, anxiety and alcohol abuse). However, little is known about the ways in which they proc...

    Authors: M. Rivière, Y. Toullic, P. Lerouge, T. Blanchon, A. Leroyer, L. Plancke, T. Prazuck, M. Melchior and N. Younès

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:132

    Content type: Research article

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  12. General practitioners (GPs) increasingly manage patients with multimorbidity but report challenges in doing so. Patients describe poor experiences with health care systems that treat each of their health condi...

    Authors: Raechel A. Damarell, Deidre D. Morgan and Jennifer J. Tieman

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:131

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Rectal bleeding and a change in bowel habits are considered to be alarm symptoms for colorectal cancer and they are also common symptoms for inflammatory bowel disease. However, most patients with these sympto...

    Authors: Cecilia Högberg, Pontus Karling, Jörgen Rutegård and Mikael Lilja

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:129

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Due to the perennial shortage of diabetes specialists, primary care physicians (PCPs) constitute the largest diabetes care manpower in Nigeria. However, the competence of the PCPs to undertake this task is not...

    Authors: Ejiofor Ugwu, Ekenechukwu Young and Marcellinus Nkpozi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:128

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Ultrasound imaging is utilized in Swiss primary care; however, little is known regarding the extent to which it is performed. With this study, we aim to (1) provide an overview of ultrasound use by general pra...

    Authors: Dima Touhami, Christoph Merlo, Joachim Hohmann and Stefan Essig

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:127

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Mental health problems is frequent among children and psychopathology in early childhood seems to predict mental disorders in adulthood. All Danish children are offered seven free well-child visits at their Ge...

    Authors: Julie Ravneberg Stokholm and Kirsten Lykke

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:126

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Urinary tract infections are one of the most common reasons for prescribing antibiotics in primary care. Current guidelines recommend fosfomycin, nitrofurantoin, or trimethoprim - sulfamethoxazol as empiric fi...

    Authors: Andreas Plate, Andreas Kronenberg, Martin Risch, Yolanda Mueller, Stefania Di Gangi, Thomas Rosemann and Oliver Senn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:125

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Between 10 and 50% of primary care patients present with persistent physical symptoms (PPS). Patients with PPS tend to utilize excessive or inappropriate health care services, while being stuck in a deleteriou...

    Authors: Dennis Fried, Lisa M. McAndrew, Drew A. Helmer, Sarah Markowitz and Karen S. Quigley

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:124

    Content type: Research article

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  19. General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly affected by stress-related complaints and burnout. Although many studies have addressed this issue, little is known about the stress burden and burnout rates of pos...

    Authors: Till J. Bugaj, Katja Krug, Annalena Rentschler, Christoph Nikendei, Joachim Szecsenyi and Simon Schwill

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:123

    Content type: Research article

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  20. This study aimed to investigate the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care+ (PACIC+) which is a tool to assess care for Chronic Conditions combining PACIC items with an overall 5As score derived from the ‘...

    Authors: Maria Malliarou, Eleni Bakola, Athanasios Nikolentzos and Pavlos Sarafis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:122

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Very Brief Advice on smoking (VBA) is an evidence-based intervention designed to increase quit attempts among patients who smoke. VBA has been widely disseminated in general practice settings in the United Kin...

    Authors: Sophia Papadakis, Marilena Anastasaki, Maria Papadakaki, Μaria Antonopoulou, Constantine Chliveros, Chrissi Daskalaki, Dionisis Varthalis, Sofia Triantafyllou, Irene Vasilaki, Andy McEwen and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:121

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Improvement of preventive services for adults can be achieved by opportunistic or organised methods in primary care. The unexploited opportunities of these approaches were estimated by our investigation.

    Authors: János Sándor, Ildikó Tokaji, Nouh Harsha, Magor Papp, Róza Ádány and Árpád Czifra

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:120

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Although antibiotics have little or no benefit for most upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), they continue to be prescribed frequently in primary care. Physicians perceive that patients’ expectations in...

    Authors: Sameh Mortazhejri, Andrea M. Patey, Dawn Stacey, R. Sacha Bhatia, Alykhan Abdulla and Jeremy M. Grimshaw

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:119

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Meeting the expectations of patients is one of the most crucial criteria when assessing the quality of a healthcare system. This study aimed to compare the expectations and experiences of patients of primary c...

    Authors: Anna Krztoń-Królewiecka, Marek Oleszczyk and Adam Windak

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:118

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is common and damaging to health. UK national guidance advocates a multi-agency response to DVA, and domestic homicide reviews consistently recommend improved information-shar...

    Authors: Katherine Pitt, Sandi Dheensa, Gene Feder, Emma Johnson, Mei-See Man, Jessica Roy, Emma Williamson and Eszter Szilassy

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:117

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Medication error at transitions of care is common. The implementation of medicines reconciliation processes to improve this issue has been recommended by many regulatory and safety organisations. The aim of th...

    Authors: Patrick Redmond, Khalid Munir, Oludare Alabi, Tamasine Grimes, Barbara Clyne, Carmel Hughes and Tom Fahey

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:116

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Personalised care and support planning (CSP) has been shown to improve diabetes outcomes, patient experience and provider morale in the care of persons living with diabetes. However, this has not been confirme...

    Authors: Wee Hian Tan, Victor Weng Keong Loh, Kavita Venkataraman, Shoon Thai Choong, Yii Jen Lew, Meena Sundram, Keith Tsou, Soon Guan Tan, Brent Gibbons, Vikki Entwistle, Doris Young, E Shyong Tai and Tong Wei Yew

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:114

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Care pathways (CPWs) are complex interventions that have the potential to reduce treatment errors and optimize patient outcomes by translating evidence into local practice. To design an optimal implementation ...

    Authors: Eva Seckler, Verena Regauer, Thomas Rotter, Petra Bauer and Martin Müller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:113

    Content type: Research article

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  29. China’s standardized training for residents of General Practitioners (GPs) is aimed at providing the postgraduate training for family doctors who will serve the primary health care institutions. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Hongjing Wang, Jin He, Dongzhi Zhang, Yue Wu, Peidong Wang and Hui Cai

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:112

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Although primary care settings provide a large-scale and high-reach opportunity for weight management and obesity prevention, the proportion of adults in the United Kingdom (UK) who report receiving weight man...

    Authors: Nathan Critchlow, Gillian Rosenberg, Harriet Rumgay, Robert Petty and Jyotsna Vohra

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:111

    Content type: Research article

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  31. In most countries, the general practitioner (GP) is the first point of contact in the healthcare system and coordinator of healthcare. However, in Germany it is possible to consult an outpatient specialist eve...

    Authors: Heike Hansen, Ingmar Schäfer, Sarah Porzelt, Agata Kazek, Dagmar Lühmann and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:110

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The 2017 Canadian opioid Guideline made both strong recommendations, indicating that all or almost all fully informed patients would choose the recommended course of action, and weak recommendations, in which ...

    Authors: Jason W. Busse, David Juurlink, D. Norman Buckley and Gordon H. Guyatt

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:109

    Content type: Correspondence

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    The original article was published in BMC Family Practice 2019 20:59

  33. Treating hypertensive patients by integrating the patient-centered approach would influence the practice and outcome of treatment. Our purpose was to determine whether the implementation of a patient-centered ...

    Authors: Nida Buawangpong, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Wichuda Jiraporncharoen, Nisachol Dejkriengkraikul, Pakorn Sagulkoo, Chanapat Pateekhum and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:108

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The role of family physicians (FPs) in the metropolitan area is critical in identifying risk factors for disease prevention/control and health promotion in various age groups. Understanding patients’ preferenc...

    Authors: Farnaz Khatami, Mohammad Shariati, Leila Khedmat and Maryam Bahmani

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:107

    Content type: Research article

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  35. High-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients, who typically have complex and long-term care demands, contribute considerably to the high work pressure of primary care professionals (PCPs). To improve patient as well a...

    Authors: Rowan G. M. Smeets, Mariëlle E. A. L. Kroese, Dirk Ruwaard, Niels Hameleers and Arianne M. J. Elissen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:106

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a chronic condition whose status within medicine is the subject of on-going debate. Some medical professionals regard it as a contentious illness. Others report a lack of conf...

    Authors: R. Stephen Walsh, Andrew Denovan, Kenneth Drinkwater, Sean Reddington and Neil Dagnall

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:105

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Dementia is under-diagnosed in primary care. Timely diagnosis and care management improve outcomes for patients and caregivers. This research evaluated the effectiveness of a nationwide Continuing Medical Educ...

    Authors: Anne-Nicole Casey, M. Mofizul Islam, Heike Schütze, Anne Parkinson, Laurann Yen, Allan Shell, Margaret Winbolt and Henry Brodaty

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:104

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The organized colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland offers citizens the choice of the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) or colonoscopy via a visit with a family physician ...

    Authors: Camille Poroes, Jacques Cornuz, Alexandre Gouveia, Cyril Ducros and Kevin Selby

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:103

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Anticoagulation for preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation is under-utilised despite evidence supporting its use, resulting in avoidable death and disability. We aimed to evaluate an intervention to improve ...

    Authors: Melina Gattellari, Andrew Hayen, Dominic Y. C. Leung, Nicholas A. Zwar and John M. Worthington

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:102

    Content type: Research article

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  40. With the increasing double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa, health systems require new approaches to organise and deliver services for patients requiring long-...

    Authors: Vibian Angwenyi, Carolien Aantjes, Joske Bunders-Aelen, Bart Criel and Jeffrey V. Lazarus

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:101

    Content type: Research article

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  41. There is a high prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescriptions in primary care. This is associated with more frequent adverse events, lower quality of life and more frequent visits to hospital accident ...

    Authors: Antonio Olry de Labry Lima, Jorge Marcos Marcos, Alfonso Marquina Marquez, María de los Ángeles González Vera, Antonio Matas Hoces and Clara Bermúdez Tamayo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:100

    Content type: Research article

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  42. As in other countries, there is concern and some fragmentary evidence that GPs’ central role in the Swiss healthcare system as the primary provider of care might be changing or even be in decline. Our study gi...

    Authors: Marc Höglinger, Fabio Knöfler, Rita Schaumann-von Stosch, Stefan M. Scholz-Odermatt and Klaus Eichler

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:99

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Primary care serves all age groups and individuals with health states ranging from those with no chronic conditions to those who are medically complex, or frail and approaching the end of life. For information...

    Authors: Julia M. Langton, Sabrina T. Wong, Fred Burge, Alexandra Choi, Niloufar Ghaseminejad-Tafreshi, Sharon Johnston, Alan Katz, Ruth Lavergne, Dawn Mooney, Sandra Peterson and Kimberlyn McGrail

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:98

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Research indicate that when general practitioners (GPs) refer their patients for specialist care, the patient often has long distance. This study had a twofold aim: in accordance to the GP’s suspicion of cance...

    Authors: Line Flytkjær Virgilsen, Line Hvidberg and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:97

    Content type: Research article

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  45. The integration of community health and social care services has been widely promoted nationally as a vital step to improve patient centred care, reduce costs, reduce admissions to hospital and facilitate time...

    Authors: Claire Mitchell, Abigail Tazzyman, Susan J. Howard and Damian Hodgson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:96

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Hypertension is the most common chronic disease and is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Its screening, diagnosis, and management depend heavily on accurate blood pressure (BP) measurement. It is r...

    Authors: Eric Kam Pui Lee, Ryan Chun Ming Choi, Licheng Liu, Tiffany Gao, Benjamin Hon Kei Yip and Samuel Yeung Shan Wong

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:95

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Although patient-centred care has become increasingly important across all medical specialties, when it comes to end of life care, research has shown that treatments ordered are not often concordant with peopl...

    Authors: Carrie Bernard, Amy Tan, Marissa Slaven, Dawn Elston, Daren K. Heyland and Michelle Howard

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:94

    Content type: Research article

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