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  1. Content type: Research article

    Patients as real healthcare system users are important observers of primary care and are able to provide reliable information about the quality of care. The aim of this study was to explore the patients’ exper...

    Authors: Marek Oleszczyk, Anna Krztoń-Królewiecka, Willemijn L. A. Schäfer, Wienke G. W. Boerma and Adam Windak

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:93

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Migrants are more likely to use out-of-hours primary care, especially for nonurgent problems. Their motives and expectations for help-seeking are as yet unknown. The objective of this study is to examine the m...

    Authors: Ellen Keizer, Peter Bakker, Paul Giesen, Michel Wensing, Femke Atsma, Marleen Smits and Maria van den Muijsenbergh

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:92

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and is associated with considerable co-morbidity. It is usually managed in the primary care setting with a combination of lifestyle modification and pharm...

    Authors: Anthony Dowell, Caroline Morris, Lindsay Macdonald and Maria Stubbe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:91

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Empirical prescribing of antibiotics to women with symptoms of acute cystitis prior to culture results is common, but subsequent culture results are often negative. A clinical decision aid for prescribing deci...

    Authors: Warren J. McIsaac, Rahim Moineddin, Ildikó Gágyor and Tony Mazzulli

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:89

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Family members often play important roles in the lives of depressed older men and frequently attend primary care visits with their loved ones, yet surprisingly little is known about how to most effectively eng...

    Authors: Ladson Hinton, Andrés F. Sciolla, Jürgen Unützer, Edward Elizarraras, Richard L. Kravitz and Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:88

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:87

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:86

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:85

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The primary care out-of-hours (OOH) services in Norway are characterized by high contact rates by telephone. The telephone contacts are handled by local emergency medical communication centres (LEMCs), mainly ...

    Authors: Vivian Midtbø, Guttorm Raknes and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:84

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  10. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:83

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Bvudzai P. Magadzire, Thubelihle Mathole and Kim Ward

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:82

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:80

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In many countries, the referral-consultation process faces a number of challenges from inefficiencies and rising demand, resulting in excessive wait times for many specialties. We collected referral data from ...

    Authors: Clare Liddy, Sadaf Arbab-Tafti, Isabella Moroz and Erin Keely

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:81

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:79

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:78

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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. ...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:77

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Blood transfusion in chronic anemia is not covered by guidelines specific to older adults. When they consider that this treatment is necessary in elderly patients, French general practitioners (GPs) contact a ...

    Authors: Sylvain Le Calvé, Dominique Somme, Joaquim Prud’homm and Aline Corvol

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:76

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Improved Primary Health Care (PHC) utilisation is central to reducing the unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates characterising populations living in remote communities. Despite poorer health, significant ...

    Authors: John Wakerman, Lisa Sparrow, Susan L Thomas, John S Humphreys and Mike Jones

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:75

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:74

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:72

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  21. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:73

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  22. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:71

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  23. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2017 18:69

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