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  1. Research article

    Correlation between patients’ reasons for encounters/health problems and population density in Japan: a systematic review of observational studies coded by the International Classification of Health Problems in Primary Care (ICHPPC) and the International Classification of Primary care (ICPC)

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:87

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  2. Research article

    An after hours gp clinic in regional Australia: appropriateness of presentations and impact on local emergency department presentations

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:86

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  3. Research article

    General practitioners’ perspectives on a proposed new model of service delivery for primary care management of knee osteoarthritis: a qualitative study

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:85

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  4. Research article

    The diagnostic pathway of Parkinson’s disease: a cross-sectional survey study of factors influencing patient dissatisfaction

    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...

    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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:83

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Reasons for missed appointments linked to a public-sector intervention targeting patients with stable chronic conditions in South Africa: results from in-depth interviews and a retrospective review of medical records

    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...

    Bvudzai P. Magadzire, Thubelihle Mathole and Kim Ward

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:82

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Strengthening general practice/family medicine in Europe—advice from professionals from 30 European countries

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:80

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Managing diagnostic uncertainty in primary care: a systematic critical review

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:79

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Prevalence of anal symptoms in general practice: a prospective study

    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...

    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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:78

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Developing a community-based psycho-social intervention with older people and third sector workers for anxiety and depression: a qualitative study

    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. ...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:77

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Effectiveness of a motivational intervention on overweight/obese patients in the primary healthcare: a cluster randomized trial

    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 ...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:74

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  11. Research article

    ‘Doing the right thing’: factors influencing GP prescribing of antidepressants and prescribed doses

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:72

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Moderate mental illness as a predictor of chronic disease prevention and screening

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:73

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  13. Research article

    Factors associated with general practitioners’ awareness of depression in primary care patients with heart failure: baseline-results from the observational RECODE-HF study

    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...

    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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:71

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  14. Debate

    Current and future perspectives on the management of polypharmacy

    Because of ageing populations, the growth in the number of people with multi-morbidity and greater compliance with disease-specific guidelines, polypharmacy is becoming increasingly common. Although the correc...

    Mariam Molokhia and Azeem Majeed

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:70

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  15. Research article

    Learning to use electronic health records: can we stay patient-centered? A pre-post intervention study with family medicine residents

    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 ...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:69

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  16. Research article

    Regional variations of perceived problems in ambulatory care from the perspective of general practitioners and their patients - an exploratory focus group study in urban and rural regions of northern Germany

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:68

    Published on: 25 May 2017

  17. Research article

    Practices of Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment by general practitioners in Quebec, 2008–2015

    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...

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

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:65

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  18. Research article

    Patient and care characteristics of self-referrals treated by the general practitioner cooperative at emergency-care-access-points in the Netherlands

    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). ...

    Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits and Paul Giesen

    BMC Family Practice 2017 18:62

    Published on: 12 May 2017

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