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  1. Depression is common in coronary heart disease (CHD) and increases the incidence of coronary symptoms and death in CHD patients. Interventions feasible for use in primary care are needed to improve both mood a...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Barley, Mark Haddad, Rosemary Simmonds, Zoe Fortune, Paul Walters, Joanna Murray, Diana Rose and André Tylee
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:119
  2. This study investigates the efficacy of a complex multifaceted intervention aiming at increasing the quality of care of GPs for patients with multimorbidity. In its core, the intervention aims at enhancing the...

    Authors: Attila Altiner, Ingmar Schäfer, Christine Mellert, Christin Löffler, Achim Mortsiefer, Annette Ernst, Carl-Otto Stolzenbach, Birgitt Wiese, Martin Scherer, Hendrik van den Bussche and Hanna Kaduszkiewicz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:118
  3. Lower social economic status (SES) is related to an elevated cardiovascular (CV) risk. A pro-active primary prevention CV screening approach in general practice (GP) might be effective in a region with a low m...

    Authors: Ans H Tiessen, Andries J Smit, Sebes Zevenhuizen, Edwin M Spithoven and Klaas Van der Meer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:117
  4. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a common chronic disease associated with multiple clinical complications. Management guidelines have been established which recommend a risk-stratified approach to managing the...

    Authors: Colman SC Fung, Weng Yee Chin, Daisy SK Dai, Ruby LP Kwok, Eva LH Tsui, Yuk Fai Wan, Wendy Wong, Carlos KH Wong, Daniel YT Fong and Cindy LK Lam
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:116
  5. With increasing age and longevity, the rising number of frail elders with complex and numerous health-related needs demands a coordinated health care delivery system integrating cure, care and welfare. Studies...

    Authors: Franca GH Ruikes, Antoinette RM Meys, Gijs van de Wetering, Reinier P Akkermans, Betsie GI van Gaal, Sytse U Zuidema, Henk J Schers, Theo van Achterberg and Raymond TCM Koopmans
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:115
  6. In Sweden three key criteria are used for priority setting: severity of the health condition; patient benefit; and cost-effectiveness. They are derived from the ethical principles established by the Swedish pa...

    Authors: Eva Arvidsson, Malin André, Lars Borgquist, David Andersson and Per Carlsson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:114
  7. General practitioners often care for patients with several concurrent chronic medical conditions (multimorbidity). Recent data suggest that multimorbidity might be observed more often than isolated diseases in...

    Authors: Alessandro Rizza, Vladimir Kaplan, Oliver Senn, Thomas Rosemann, Heinz Bhend and Ryan Tandjung
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:113
  8. Lifestyle is one of the main determinants of people’s health. It is essential to find the most effective prevention strategies to be used to encourage behavioral changes in their patients. Many theories are av...

    Authors: Luis Á Pérula, Manuel Campiñez, Josep M Bosch, Nieves Barragán Brun, Juan C Arboniés, Julia Bóveda Fontán, Remedios Martín Alvarez, Jose A Prados, Enrique Martín-Rioboó, Josep Massons, Margarita Criado, José Á Fernández, Juan M Parras, Roger Ruiz-Moral and Jesús Manuel Novo
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:112
  9. In an attempt to control chronic benzodiazepine use and its costs in the Netherlands, health care insurance reimbursement of this medication was stopped on January 1st 2009. This study investigates whether benzod...

    Authors: Boudewijn J Kollen, Willem Jan van der Veen, Feikje Groenhof, Gé A Donker and Klaas van der Meer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:111
  10. Even though there is convincing evidence that self-care, such as regular exercise and/or stopping smoking, alters the outcomes after an event of coronary heart disease (CHD), risk factors remain. Outcomes can ...

    Authors: Anita Kärner, Staffan Nilsson, Tiny Jaarsma, Agneta Andersson, Ann-Britt Wiréhn, Peter Wodlin, Lisa Hjelmfors and Pia Tingström
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:110
  11. The objective of this study is to perform an independent evaluation of the feasibility and effectiveness of an educational programme for the primary prevention of type 2 diabetes (DM2) in high risk populations...

    Authors: Alvaro Sanchez, Carmen Silvestre, Regina Sauto, Catalina Martínez and Gonzalo Grandes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:109
  12. Individuals with only a subjective experience of cancer may conceal severe psychological distress and act like patients with verified disease. The purpose of the study was to establish whether some typical psy...

    Authors: Sonja Korpimäki, Markku Sumanen, Sakari Suominen and Kari Mattila
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:107
  13. Clinical Practice Guidelines recommend using peripheral blood pulse measuring as a screening test for Atrial Fibrillation. However, there is no adequate evidence supporting the efficacy of such procedure in pr...

    Authors: LuisÁ Pérula-de-Torres, MiguelÁ Martínez-Adell, Virginia González-Blanco, José M Baena-Díez, Enrique Martín-Rioboó, Juan M Parras-Rejano, Jesús González-Lama, Remedios Martín-Alvarez, Roger Ruiz-Moral, JoséÁ Fernández-García, Modesto Pérez-Díaz, Joaquin Ruiz-de-Castroviejo, Carlos Pérula-de-Torres, Antonio Valero-Martín, Ana Roldán-Villalobos, Margarita Criado-Larumbe…
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:106
  14. It is often suggested that an effort must be made to increase awareness among consanguineous couples of their reproductive risk, and to refer them for genetic counseling if needed. Primary care professionals a...

    Authors: Marieke E Teeuw, Anouk Hagelaar, Leo P ten Kate, Martina C Cornel and Lidewij Henneman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:105
  15. The Provisional Diagnostic Instrument (PDI-4) is a brief, adult self-report instrument for 4 common psychiatric diagnoses in primary care patients: major depressive episode (MDE), generalized anxiety disorder ...

    Authors: Douglas E Faries, John P Houston, Ellen M Sulcs and Ralph W Swindle
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:104
  16. In Europe, a comparable scope of training in GP can be observed especially in the field of knowledge. This feasibility study determines if a knowledge test is suitable in the context of a neighboring country.

    Authors: Roy Remmen, Johan Wens, Annelies Damen, Herman Duesman and Veronique Verhoeven
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:103
  17. People with T1DM and insulin-treated T2DM often do not follow and/or adjust their insulin regimens as needed. Key contributors to treatment non-adherence are fear of hypoglycaemia, difficulty and lack of self-...

    Authors: David A Cavan, Ralph Ziegler, Iain Cranston, Katharine Barnard, Jacqueline Ryder, Claudia Vogel, Christopher G Parkin, Walter Koehler, Iris Vesper, Bettina Petersen and Robin S Wagner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:102
  18. Interventions to promote prudent antibiotic prescribing by general practitioners (GPs) have often only been developed for use in one country. We aimed to develop an intervention which would be appropriate to i...

    Authors: Sibyl Anthierens, Sarah Tonkin-Crine, Elaine Douglas, Patricia Fernandez-Vandellos, Jaroslaw Krawczyk, Carl Llor, Jochen WL Cals, Nick A Francis, Lucy Yardley, Samuel Coenen, Theo Verheij, Herman Goossens and Paul Little
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:101
  19. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing is widely used, but guidelines on follow-up are unclear.

    Authors: Saskia Van der Meer, Sabine AM Löwik, Willem H Hirdes, Rien M Nijman, Klaas Van der Meer, Josette EHM Hoekstra-Weebers and Marco H Blanker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:100
  20. Preventive services and health promotion in terms of lifestyle counselling provided through primary health care (PHC) has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality in the population. Health professionals...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Malou Lindberg and Agneta Andersson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:99
  21. Mental health problems are common and are associated with increased disability and health care costs. Problem-Solving Treatment (PST) delivered to these patients by nurses in primary care might be efficient. T...

    Authors: Judith E Bosmans, Bettine Schreuders, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Jan H Smit, Patricia van Oppen and Maurits W van Tulder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:98
  22. To evaluate the efficacy of Counselling and Advisory Care for Health (COACH) programme in managing dyslipidaemia among primary care practices in Malaysia. This open-label, parallel, randomised controlled trial...

    Authors: Francis Jude Selvaraj, Mafauzy Mohamed, Khairani Omar, Sudha Nanthan, Zainab Kusiar, Selvaraj Y Subramaniam, Norsiah Ali, Kamalakaran Karanakaran, Fauziah Ahmad and Wilson H Low
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:97
  23. Primary care has an important role in cardiovascular risk management (CVRM) and a minimum size of scale of primary care practices may be needed for efficient delivery of CVRM . We examined CVRM in patients wit...

    Authors: Jan van Lieshout, Richard Grol, Stephen Campbell, Hector Falcoff, Eva Frigola Capell, Mathias Glehr, Margalit Goldfracht, Esko Kumpusalo, Beat Künzi, Sabine Ludt, Davorina Petek, Veerle Vanderstighelen and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:96
  24. We describe the health of "revolving door" patients in general practice in Scotland, estimate changes in their number over the timescale of the study, and explore reasons for changes, particularly related to N...

    Authors: Andrea E Williamson, Paul CD Johnson, Kenneth Mullen and Philip Wilson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:95
  25. In many OECD countries, the gender differences in physicians’ pay favour male doctors. Due to the feminisation of the doctor profession, it is essential to measure this income gap in the French context of Fee-...

    Authors: Magali Dumontet, Marc Le Vaillant and Carine Franc
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:94
  26. NICE guidelines emphasise the need for a confident, early diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalitis (CFS/ME) in Primary Care with management tailored to the needs of the patient. Research sug...

    Authors: Kerin Hannon, Sarah Peters, Louise Fisher, Lisa Riste, Alison Wearden, Karina Lovell, Pam Turner, Yvonne Leech and Carolyn Chew-Graham
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:93
  27. Children make up about 20% of the UK population and caring for them is an important part of a general practitioner’s (GP’s) workload. However, the UK Quality Outcomes Framework (pay-for-performance system) lar...

    Authors: Peter J Gill, Jenny Hislop, David Mant and Anthony Harnden
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:92
  28. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for inappropriate or potentially harmful prescribing. The aim of this study was to examine whether a multifaceted intervention including the use...

    Authors: Antje Erler, Martin Beyer, Juliana J Petersen, Kristina Saal, Thomas Rath, Justine Rochon, Walter E Haefeli and Ferdinand M Gerlach
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:91
  29. Treatment goals for cardiovascular risk management are generally not achieved. Specialized practice nurses are increasingly facilitating the work of general practitioners and self-monitoring devices have been ...

    Authors: Ans H Tiessen, Andries J Smit, Jan Broer, Klaas H Groenier and Klaas van der Meer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:90
  30. Many patients are transferred from home to hospital during the final phase of life and the majority die in hospital. The aim of the study is to explore hospital referrals of palliative care patients for whom a...

    Authors: Maria C De Korte-Verhoef, H Roeline W Pasman, Bart PM Schweitzer, Anneke L Francke, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:89
  31. Since 2004, a national Disease Management Program (DMP) has been implemented in Germany, which includes educational measures aimed at patients with type-2 diabetes (T2D). However, about 15-20% of T2D patients ...

    Authors: Eva Drewelow, Anja Wollny, Michael Pentzek, Janine Immecke, Sarah Lambrecht, Stefan Wilm, Iris Schluckebier, Susanne Löscher, Karl Wegscheider and Attila Altiner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:88
  32. Good General Practice is essential for an effective health system. Good General Practice training is essential to sustain the workforce, however training for General Practice can be hampered by a number of pre...

    Authors: Stephen Barnett, Sandra C Jones, Sue Bennett, Don Iverson and Andrew Bonney
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:87
  33. A growing number of health care providers are nowadays involved in heart failure care. This could lead to discontinuity and fragmentation of care, thus reducing trust and hence poorer medication adherence. Thi...

    Authors: Annemarie A Uijen, Marije Bosch, Wil JHM van den Bosch, Hans Bor, Michel Wensing and Henk J Schers
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:86
  34. The health effects of ultraviolet radiation vary according to wavelength, timing and pattern of exposure, personal characteristics and practices. Negative effects include skin cancers, eye diseases and immune ...

    Authors: Anthony Ivor Reeder, Janet Ann Jopson and Andrew Robert Gray
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:85
  35. Colombia has a highly segmented and fragmented national health system that contributes to inequitable health outcomes. In 2004 the district government of Bogota initiated a Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy t...

    Authors: Paola A Mosquera, Jinneth Hernández, Román Vega, Jorge Martínez, Ronald Labonte, David Sanders and Miguel San Sebastián
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:84
  36. Medical records that do not accurately reflect the patient’s current medication list are an open invitation to errors and may compromise patient safety.

    Authors: Matthew D Olson, Gretchen L Tong, Beat D Steiner, Anthony J Viera, Evan Ashkin and Warren P Newton
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:83
  37. Depression is frequently cited as the reason for sickness absence, and it is estimated that sickness certificates are issued in one third of consultations for depression. Previous research has considered GP vi...

    Authors: Sara Macdonald, Margaret Maxwell, Philip Wilson, Michael Smith, Will Whittaker, Matt Sutton and Jill Morrison
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:82
  38. Chest pain is a common complaint in primary care, with coronary heart disease (CHD) being the most concerning of many potential causes. Systematic reviews on the sensitivity and specificity of symptoms and sig...

    Authors: Jörg Haasenritter, Marc Aerts, Stefan Bösner, Frank Buntinx, Bernard Burnand, Lilli Herzig, J André Knottnerus, Girma Minalu, Staffan Nilsson, Walter Renier, Carol Sox, Harold Sox and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:81
  39. Doctor-patient communication has been influenced over time by factors such as the rise of evidence-based medicine and a growing emphasis on patient-centred care. Despite disputes in the literature on the tensi...

    Authors: Ligaya Butalid, Peter F M Verhaak, Hennie R Boeije and Jozien M Bensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:80
  40. As in clinical practice resources may be limited compared to experimental settings, translation of evidence-based lifestyle interventions into daily life settings is challenging. In this study we therefore eva...

    Authors: Paulina WA Vermunt, Ivon EJ Milder, Frits Wielaard, Caroline A Baan, Jos DM Schelfhout, Gert P Westert and Hans AM van Oers
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:79
  41. We know little about when and why general practitioners (GPs) submit stool specimens in patients with diarrhoea. The recent UK-wide intestinal infectious disease (IID2) study found ten GP consultations for eve...

    Authors: Cliodna AM McNulty, Gemma Lasseter, Katie Newby, Puja Joshi, Harry Yoxall, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Sarah J O’Brien and Mark Evans
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:77
  42. The STRATIFY score is a clinical prediction rule (CPR) derived to assist clinicians to identify patients at risk of falling. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine the overall ...

    Authors: Jennifer Billington, Tom Fahey and Rose Galvin
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:76
  43. In many countries out-of-hours care faces serious challenges, including shortage of general practitioners, a high workload, reduced motivation to work out of hours, and increased demand for out-of-hours care. ...

    Authors: Nancy Wijers, Lisette Schoonhoven, Paul Giesen, Hubertus Vrijhoef, Regi van der Burgt, Joke Mintjes, Michel Wensing and Miranda Laurant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:75
  44. Chest wall syndrome (CWS), the main cause of chest pain in primary care practice, is most often an exclusion diagnosis. We developed and evaluated a clinical prediction rule for CWS.

    Authors: Alexandre Ronga, Paul Vaucher, Jörg Haasenritter, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Stefan Bösner, François Verdon, Thomas Bischoff, Bernard Burnand, Bernard Favrat and Lilli Herzig
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:74
  45. Medical students at the University of Wollongong experience continuity of patient care and clinical supervision during an innovative year-long integrated (community and hospital) clinical clerkship. In this mo...

    Authors: Judith N Hudson, Patricia J Knight and Kathryn M Weston
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:72
  46. The prevalence and impact of long term conditions continues to rise. Care planning for people with long term conditions has been a policy priority in England for chronic disease management. However, it is not ...

    Authors: Jenny Newbould, Jenni Burt, Peter Bower, Tom Blakeman, Anne Kennedy, Anne Rogers and Martin Roland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:71
  47. Almost half of the adult Dutch population is currently overweight and the prevalence of overweight children is rising at alarming rates as well. Obese children consult their general practitioner (GP) more ofte...

    Authors: Winifred D Paulis, Marienke van Middelkoop, Herman Bueving, Pim A J Luijsterburg, Johannes C van der Wouden and Bart W Koes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:70

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