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  1. Evidence-based medicine has broadened its scope and is starting to reach insurance medicine. Although still in its initial stages, physicians in the area of insurance medicine should keep up-to-date with the e...

    Authors: Annemie Heselmans, Peter Donceel, Bert Aertgeerts, Stijn Van de Velde and Dirk Ramaekers
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:64
  2. The pathophysiology of upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms is still poorly understood. Psychological symptoms were found to be more common in patients with functional gastrointestinal complaints, but it is de...

    Authors: Linda E Bröker, Gerard JB Hurenkamp, Gerben ter Riet, François G Schellevis, Hans G Grundmeijer and Henk C van Weert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:63
  3. Hip and knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of pain and disability, which can be improved by exercise interventions. However, regular exercise is uncommon in this group because the low physical activity leve...

    Authors: Nefyn H Williams, Elvis Amoakwa, Kim Burton, Maggie Hendry, John Belcher, Ruth Lewis, Kerenza Hood, Jeremy Jones, Paul Bennett, Rhiannon T Edwards, Richard D Neal, Glynne Andrew and Clare Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:62
  4. Significant event analysis (SEA) is promoted as a team-based approach to enhancing patient safety through reflective learning. Evidence of SEA participation is required for appraisal and contractual purposes i...

    Authors: John McKay, Nick Bradley, Murray Lough and Paul Bowie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:61
  5. General practitioners' (GPs') feelings of burnout or dissatisfaction may affect their patient care negatively, but it is unknown if these negative feelings also affect their mental health care. GPs' available ...

    Authors: Else M Zantinge, Peter FM Verhaak, Dinny H de Bakker, Klaas van der Meer and Jozien M Bensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:60
  6. With increasing rates of chronic disease associated with lifestyle behavioural risk factors, there is urgent need for intervention strategies in primary health care. Currently there is a gap in the knowledge o...

    Authors: Amanda J Ampt, Cheryl Amoroso, Mark F Harris, Suzanne H McKenzie, Vanessa K Rose and Jane R Taggart
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:59
  7. Depressive and anxiety disorders often go unrecognized in distressed primary care patients, despite the overtly psychosocial nature of their demand for help. This is especially problematic in more severe disor...

    Authors: Berend Terluin, Evelien PM Brouwers, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Peter FM Verhaak and Henriëtte E van der Horst
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:58
  8. The UK National GP Patient Survey is one of the largest ever survey programmes of patients registered to receive primary health care, inviting five million respondents to report their experience of NHS primary...

    Authors: John Campbell, Patten Smith, Sonja Nissen, Peter Bower, Marc Elliott and Martin Roland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:57
  9. In family practice depression is a common mental health problem and one with marked gender differences; women are diagnosed as depressed twice as often as men. A more comprehensive explanatory model of depress...

    Authors: Ulla Danielsson, Carita Bengs, Arja Lehti, Anne Hammarström and Eva E Johansson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:56
  10. Prompt diagnosis of an acute coronary syndrome is very important and urgent referral to a hospital is imperative because fast treatment can be life-saving and increase the patient's life expectancy and quality...

    Authors: Rudi Bruyninckx, Ann Van den Bruel, Karin Hannes, Frank Buntinx and Bert Aertgeerts
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:55
  11. Pain and depression are known to be associated in later life, and both have a negative effect on physical performance both separately and in combination. The nature of the relationships between pain intensity ...

    Authors: Steve Iliffe, Kalpa Kharicha, Claudia Carmaciu, Danielle Harari, Cameron Swift, Gerhard Gillman and Andreas E Stuck
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:54
  12. The recognition and treatment of depressive- and anxiety disorders is not always in line with current standards. The results of programs to improve the quality of care, are not encouraging. Perhaps these progr...

    Authors: Eric van Rijswijk, Hein van Hout, Eloy van de Lisdonk, Frans Zitman and Chris van Weel
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:52
  13. Health literacy is an increasingly important topic in both the policy and research agendas of many countries. During the recent 36th Annual Meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group, the authors l...

    Authors: Joanne Protheroe, Lorraine S Wallace, Gillian Rowlands and Jennifer E DeVoe
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:51
  14. There is increasing focus on patient-centred communicative approaches in medical consultations, but few studies have shown the extent to which patients' positive coping strategies and psychological assets are ...

    Authors: Trond A Mjaaland and Arnstein Finset
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:49
  15. Continuity of care has traditionally been regarded as a core quality of general practice, but the long-term doctor-patient relationship has been put under pressure. In many places practices are expanding, with...

    Authors: Heidi Bøgelund Frederiksen, Jakob Kragstrup and Gitte Dehlholm-Lambertsen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:47
  16. In the presence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) or coronary heart disease (CHD), depression is under diagnosed and under treated despite being associated with worse clinical outcomes. Our earlier pilot study demonst...

    Authors: Mark Morgan, James Dunbar, Prasuna Reddy, Michael Coates and Robert Leahy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:46
  17. District nurses (DNs) provide home care for old persons with a mixture of chronic diseases, symptoms and reduced functional ability. Family physicians (FPs) have been criticised for their lack of involvement i...

    Authors: Sonja Modin, Lena Törnkvist, Anna-Karin Furhoff and Ingrid Hylander
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:45
  18. In many rural regions in Germany, the proportion of the elderly population increases rapidly. Simultaneously, about one-third of the presently active GPs will retire until 2010. Often it is difficult to find s...

    Authors: Neeltje van den Berg, Thomas Fiß, Claudia Meinke, Romy Heymann, Sibylle Scriba and Wolfgang Hoffmann
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:44
  19. Older studies have shown that patients often do not understand the terms used by doctors and many do not even have a rudimentary understanding of anatomy. The present study was designed to investigate the leve...

    Authors: John Weinman, Gibran Yusuf, Robert Berks, Sam Rayner and Keith J Petrie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:43
  20. Problem alcohol use is associated with adverse health outcomes among current or former heroin users and primary care is providing methadone treatment for increasing numbers of this population. This study aimed...

    Authors: Niamh Ryder, Walter Cullen, Joseph Barry, Gerard Bury, Eamon Keenan and Bobby P Smyth
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:42
  21. Many patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are not able to reach the glycaemic target level of HbA1c < 7.0%, and therefore are at increased risk of developing severe complications. Transition to insulin therapy...

    Authors: Mariëlle GA Roek, Laura MC Welschen, Piet J Kostense, Jacqueline M Dekker, Frank J Snoek and Giel Nijpels
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:40
  22. The growing prevalence of diabetes and heightened awareness of the benefits of early and intensive disease management have increased service demands and expectations not only of primary care physicians but als...

    Authors: Sharon Brez, Margo Rowan, Janine Malcolm, Sheryl Izzi, Julie Maranger, Clare Liddy, Erin Keely and Teik Chye Ooi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:39
  23. High prevalence of depression among primary care patients has increased the need for more research in this field. The objectives of our study were to analyse how depressed patients evaluate their health; which...

    Authors: Kadri Suija, Ruth Kalda and Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:38
  24. Colorectal cancer screening rates are low among poor and disadvantaged patients. Patient navigation has been shown to increase breast and cervical cancer screening rates, but few studies have looked at the pot...

    Authors: Karen E Lasser, Jennifer Murillo, Elizabeth Medlin, Sandra Lisboa, Lisa Valley-Shah, Robert H Fletcher, Karen M Emmons and John Z Ayanian
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:37
  25. Very little is known about the prevalence of acquired brain injury (ABI) in Ireland. ABI prevalence has previously been obtained from Belgian general practitioners using a postal survey. We attempted to ascert...

    Authors: Fionnuala Finnerty, Liam Glynn, Brendan Dineen, Finbarr Colfer and Anne MacFarlane
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:36
  26. Doctors and nurses are two natural partners in the healthcare team, but they usually differ in their perspectives on how to work for increased health. These professions may also have different beliefs about me...

    Authors: Ann-Charlotte Mårdby, Ingemar Åkerlind and Tove Hedenrud
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:35
  27. The aim of this article was to address questions on how parents use the internet to find information and support regarding children, health and family life. Another aim was to find out how professionals use th...

    Authors: Lars Plantin and Kristian Daneback
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:34
  28. Despite increased investment in primary care research and development (R&D), the level of engagement of primary healthcare professionals with research remains poor. The aim of this study is to assess the level...

    Authors: Liam G Glynn, Ciara O'Riordan, Anne MacFarlane, John Newell, Alberto A Iglesias, David Whitford, Peter Cantillon and Andrew W Murphy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:33
  29. The increasing attention on functional assessments in medical and vocational rehabilitation requires a focus change for the general practitioners (GP) into paying attention to patient resources, possibilities ...

    Authors: Nina Østerås, Pål Gulbrandsen, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Dag Hofoss and Søren Brage
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:31
  30. There have been numerous efforts to improve and assure the quality of treatment and follow-up of people with Type 2 diabetes (PT2D) in general practice. Facilitated by the increasing usability and validity of ...

    Authors: Trine Lignell Guldberg, Torsten Lauritzen, Jette Kolding Kristensen and Peter Vedsted
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:30
  31. Patients with severe mental illness (SMI) experience distress and disabilities in several aspects of life, and they have a higher risk of somatic co-morbidity. Both patients and their family members need the s...

    Authors: Marian JT Oud, Jan Schuling, Cees J Slooff, Klaas H Groenier, Janny H Dekker and Betty Meyboom-de Jong
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:29
  32. The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) – http://​www.​rourkebabyrecord​.​ca – is a freely available evidence-based structured form for child health surveillance from...

    Authors: Leslie Rourke, Marshall Godwin, James Rourke, Sarah Pearce and Joyce Bean
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:28
  33. Stroke is a major cause of mortality and morbidity with potential for improved care and prevention through general practice. A national survey was undertaken to determine current resources and needs for optima...

    Authors: David L Whitford, Anne Hickey, Frances Horgan, Bernadette O'Sullivan, Hannah McGee and Desmond O'Neill
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:27
  34. Diabetes specific emotional problems interfere with the demanding daily management of living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Possibly, offering direct feedback on diabetes management may diminish the pre...

    Authors: Uriëll L Malanda, Sandra DM Bot, Piet J Kostense, Frank J Snoek, Jacqueline M Dekker and Giel Nijpels
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:26
  35. Although multimorbidity has important implications for patient care in general practice, limited research has examined chronic illness and health service utilisation among problem drug users. This study aimed ...

    Authors: Walter Cullen, Sarah O'Brien, Austin O'Carroll, Fergus D O'Kelly and Gerard Bury
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:25
  36. Lipid-lowering medication remains underused, even in high-risk populations. The objective of this study was to determine factors underlying general practitioners' decisions not to prescribe such drugs to patie...

    Authors: Elisabeth AB, Petra Denig, Ton van Vliet and Janny H Dekker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:24
  37. High blood pressure is a significant health problem world-wide. Physician factors play a significant role in the suboptimal control of hypertension in the United States. We sought to better understand primary ...

    Authors: Randy Wexler, Terry Elton, Christopher A Taylor, Adam Pleister and David Feldman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:23
  38. Telephone interruptions during consultations are one cause of work-related stress amongst general practitioners. Many health care centers recommend that patients turn off any mobile phones to avoid interruptio...

    Authors: Ludovic Reveiz and Sylvia de Aguiar
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:21
  39. After some years of a downward trend, antibiotic prescribing rates in the community have tended to level out in many countries. There is also wide variation in antibiotic prescribing between general practices,...

    Authors: Sharon A Simpson, Christopher C Butler, Kerry Hood, David Cohen, Frank Dunstan, Meirion R Evans, Stephen Rollnick, Laurence Moore, Monika Hare, Marie-Jet Bekkers and John Evans
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:20
  40. Professional medical organizations recommend individualized patient decision making about prostate cancer screening. Little is known about primary care physicians' use of pre-screening discussions to promote i...

    Authors: Suzanne K Linder, Sarah T Hawley, Crystale P Cooper, Lawrence E Scholl, Maria Jibaja-Weiss and Robert J Volk
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:19
  41. The development of best practices to promote physician wellbeing at the individual and organisational levels is receiving increased attention. Few studies have documented how physicians perceive their wellbein...

    Authors: Brenda L Lovell, Raymond T Lee and Erica Frank
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:18
  42. General practitioners sometimes base clinical decisions on gut feelings alone, even though there is little evidence of their diagnostic and prognostic value in daily practice. Research into these aspects and t...

    Authors: Erik Stolper, Marloes van Bokhoven, Paul Houben, Paul Van Royen, Margje van de Wiel, Trudy van der Weijden and Geert Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:17
  43. Smokers attribute respiratory symptoms, even when severe, to everyday causes and not as indicative of ill-health warranting medical attention. The aim of this pilot study was to conduct a structured vignette s...

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Hayley Arnet, Georgia Halkett, Marthe Smith, Moira O'Connor, Julia Rhodes, Kate Poland and Max Bulsara
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:16

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