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  1. Although the benefits of physical activity for health and functioning are recognized to extend throughout life, the physical activity level of most older people is insufficient with respect to current guidelin...

    Authors: Timo Hinrichs, Anna Moschny, Renate Klaaßen-Mielke, Ulrike Trampisch, Ulrich Thiem and Petra Platen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:26
  2. In Germany, there is a shortage of young physicians in several specialties, the situation of general practitioners (GP) being especially precarious. The factors influencing the career choice of German medical ...

    Authors: Kathrin Kiolbassa, Antje Miksch, Katja Hermann, Andreas Loh, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stefanie Joos and Katja Goetz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:25
  3. Home visits are claimed to be a central element of primary care. However, the frequency with which home visits are made is declining both internationally and in Germany despite the increase in the number of ch...

    Authors: Gudrun Theile, Carsten Kruschinski, Marlene Buck, Christiane A Müller and Eva Hummers-Pradier
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:24
  4. Although benzodiazepines are effective, long-term use is not recommended because of potential adverse effects; the risks of tolerance and dependence; and an increased risk of hip fractures, motor vehicle accid...

    Authors: Caterina Vicens, Isabel Socias, Catalina Mateu, Alfonso Leiva, Ferran Bejarano, Ermengol Sempere, Josep Basora, Vicente Palop, Marta Mengual, Jose Luis Beltran, Enric Aragonès, Guillem Lera, Silvia Folch, Josep Lluís Piñol, Magdalena Esteva, Miguel Roca…
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:23
  5. Current guidelines for a check-up recommend routine screening not triggered by specific symptoms for some known risk factors and diseases in the general population. Patients' perceptions and expectations regar...

    Authors: Sabina Hunziker, Martin Schläpfer, Wolf Langewitz, Gilbert Kaufmann, Reto Nüesch, Edouard Battegay and Lukas U Zimmerli
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:22
  6. This work describes the methodology used to assess a strategy for implementing clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for cardiovascular risk control in a health area of Madrid.

    Authors: Francisco Rodríguez-Salvanés, Blanca Novella, María Jesús Fernández Luque, Luis María Sánchez-Gómez, Lourdes Ruiz-Díaz, Rosa Sánchez-Alcalde, Belén Sierra-García, Soledad Mayayo, Marta Ruiz-López, Pilar Loeches, Javier López-Gónzález and Amelia González-Gamarra
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:21
  7. The knowledge about the relationship between health-related activities on the Internet (i.e. informed citizens) and individuals' control over their own experiences of health or illness (i.e. empowered citizens...

    Authors: Silvina Santana, Berthold Lausen, Maria Bujnowska-Fedak, Catherine E Chronaki, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch and Rolf Wynn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:20
  8. There are caregivers who see their quality of life (QoL) impaired due to the demands of their caregiving tasks, while others manage to adapt and overcome the crises successfully. The influence of the family fu...

    Authors: Emiliano Rodríguez-Sánchez, Aníbal Pérez-Peñaranda, Andrés Losada-Baltar, Diana Pérez-Arechaederra, Manuel Á Gómez-Marcos, Maria C Patino-Alonso and Luís García-Ortiz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:19
  9. Many physicians find sickness certification tasks problematic. There is some knowledge about situations that are experienced as problematic, whereas less is understood about how physicians respond to the probl...

    Authors: Monika Engblom, Kristina Alexanderson and Carl Edvard Rudebeck
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:18
  10. Managing oral anticoagulant treatment (OAT) is a challenge for patients and primary care providers. It requires a high level of patient knowledge and adherence. Studies have shown that insufficient adherence a...

    Authors: Thanh Duc Hua, Stefan Viktor Vormfelde, Manar Abu Abed, Hannelore Schneider-Rudt, Petra Sobotta, Tim Friede and Jean-François Chenot
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:17
  11. Patients understand information about risk better if it is communicated in numerical or visual formats (e.g. graphs) compared to verbal qualifiers only. How frequently different communication formats are used ...

    Authors: Stefan Neuner-Jehle, Oliver Senn, Odette Wegwarth, Thomas Rosemann and Johann Steurer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:15
  12. This mixed methods study was designed to explore the acceptability and impact of feedback of team performance data to primary care interdisciplinary teams.

    Authors: Sharon Johnston, Michael Green, Patricia Thille, Colleen Savage, Lynn Roberts, Grant Russell and William Hogg
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:14
  13. The aim of this study is to explore the views of family physicians/general practitioners about the most important competences in health promotion and diseases prevention and areas where these competences might...

    Authors: Tomasz Tomasik, Adam Windak, Alicja Domagala, Katarzyna Dubas, Linas Sumskas and Jerzy Rosinski
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:13
  14. Evidence of the clinical benefit of 3-in-1 point-of-care testing (POCT) for cardiac troponin T (cTnT), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and D-dimer in cardiovascular risk stratification at ...

    Authors: Yuki Tomonaga, Felix Gutzwiller, Thomas F Lüscher, Walter F Riesen, Markus Hug, Albert Diemand, Matthias Schwenkglenks and Thomas D Szucs
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:12
  15. Placebos play an important role in clinical trials and several surveys have shown that they are also common in daily practice. Previous research focused primarily on the frequency of placebo use in outpatient ...

    Authors: Rahel Fent, Thomas Rosemann, Margrit Fässler, Oliver Senn and Carola A Huber
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:11
  16. The risk of depression is increased in people with long term conditions (LTCs) and is associated with poorer patient outcomes for both the depressive illness and the LTC, but often remains undetected and poorl...

    Authors: Peter A Coventry, Rebecca Hays, Chris Dickens, Christine Bundy, Charlotte Garrett, Andrea Cherrington and Carolyn Chew-Graham
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:10
  17. Liver function tests (LFTs) are ordered in large numbers in primary care, and the Birmingham and Lambeth Liver Evaluation Testing Strategies (BALLETS) study was set up to assess their usefulness in patients wi...

    Authors: David T Arnold, Louise M Bentham, Ruth P Jacob, Richard J Lilford and Alan J Girling
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:9
  18. The Dutch government has chosen a policy of strengthening palliative care in order to enable patients to die at home according to their preference. In order to facilitate this care by GPs, we wanted to know ho...

    Authors: Anita AH Verhoeven, Jan Schuling and Els LM Maeckelberghe
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:8
  19. Primary health care specialists have a key role in the management of obesity. Through understanding how they conceive the encounter with patients with obesity, treatment may be improved. The aim of this study ...

    Authors: Lena M Hansson, Finn Rasmussen and Gerd I Ahlstrom
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:7
  20. Clinically proven over-the-counter (OTC) treatment options are becoming increasingly important in the self-management of acute sore throat. The aim of this study was to determine the analgesic and sensorial be...

    Authors: Alan G Wade, Christopher Morris, Adrian Shephard, Gordon M Crawford and Michael A Goulder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:6
  21. Available evidence suggests that improvements in genetics education are needed to prepare primary care providers for the impact of ongoing rapid advances in genomics. Postgraduate (physician training) and mast...

    Authors: Elisa JF Houwink, Scheltus J van Luijk, Lidewij Henneman, Cees van der Vleuten, Geert Jan Dinant and Martina C Cornel
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:5
  22. During an influenza epidemic prompt diagnosis of influenza is important. This diagnosis however is still essentially based on the interpretation of symptoms and signs by general practitioners. No single sympto...

    Authors: Barbara Michiels, Isabelle Thomas, Paul Van Royen and Samuel Coenen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:4
  23. To explore ways to reduce the overuse of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections (ARIs), we conducted a pilot clustered randomized controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate DECISION+, a training program in share...

    Authors: France Légaré, Michel Labrecque, Gaston Godin, Annie LeBlanc, Claudine Laurier, Jeremy Grimshaw, Josette Castel, Isabelle Tremblay, Pierre Frémont, Michel Cauchon, Kathleen Lemieux and Caroline Rhéaume
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:3
  24. Evidence regarding the effectiveness of oral vitamin B12 in patients with serum vitamin B12 levels between 125-200 pM/l is lacking. We compared the effectiveness of one-month oral vitamin B12 supplementation i...

    Authors: Bernard Favrat, Paul Vaucher, Lilli Herzig, Bernard Burnand, Giuseppa Ali, Olivier Boulat, Thomas Bischoff and François Verdon
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:2
  25. It is important to keep the level of antibiotic prescribing low to contain the development of resistant bacteria. This study was conducted to reveal new knowledge about how GPs think in relation to the prescri...

    Authors: Ingeborg Björkman, Mats Erntell, Marta Röing and Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:1
  26. Approximately one in ten of the UK population are unpaid carers supporting a family member or friend who could not manage without their help, saving the UK economy an estimated £87 billion. This role is known ...

    Authors: Nan Greenwood, Ann Mackenzie, Ruth Habibi, Christine Atkins and Ray Jones
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:100
  27. In Switzerland, General Practitioners (GPs) play an important role for out-of-hours emergency care as one service option beside freely accessible and costly emergency departments of hospitals. The aim of this ...

    Authors: Klaus Eichler, Daniel Imhof, Corinne Chmiel, Marco Zoller, Oliver Senn, Thomas Rosemann and Carola A Huber
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:99
  28. There is a need for brief instruments to ascertain the diagnosis of major depressive disorder. In this study, we present the reliability, construct validity and accuracy of the PHQ-9 and PHQ-2 to detect major ...

    Authors: Nicolaas PA Zuithoff, Yvonne Vergouwe, Michael King, Irwin Nazareth, Manja J van Wezep, Karel GM Moons and Mirjam I Geerlings
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:98
  29. Stroke is a major cause of disability and family disruption and carries a high risk of recurrence. Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of recurrence include smoking, unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol cons...

    Authors: Maggie Lawrence, Susan Kerr, Hazel Watson, Gillian Paton and Graham Ellis
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:97
  30. Audits have shown numerous deficiencies in the quality of hypertension and diabetes primary care in Barbados, despite distribution of regional guidelines. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes ...

    Authors: O Peter Adams and Anne O Carter
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:96
  31. The Canadian healthcare system is currently experiencing important organizational transformations through the reform of primary healthcare (PHC). These reforms vary in scope but share a common feature of propo...

    Authors: Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Raynald Pineault, Sylvie Provost, Pierre Tousignant, Audrey Couture, Roxane Borgès Da Silva and Mylaine Breton
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:95
  32. Primary health care (PHC) settings offer opportunities for tobacco use screening and brief cessation advice, but data on such activities in South Africa are limited. The aim of this study was to determine the ...

    Authors: Olufemi B Omole, Kabilabe NW Ngobale and Olalekan A Ayo-Yusuf
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:94
  33. The presenting symptoms of depression can be influenced by cultural differences. This study was conducted to compare the presenting symptoms and response to antidepressant medication of patients in Sweden and ...

    Authors: Alan G Wade, Paul CD Johnson and Alex McConnachie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:93
  34. Patients suffering from psychotic disorders have an increased risk of comorbid somatic diseases such as cardiovascular disorders and diabetes mellitus. Doctor-related factors, such as unfamiliarity with these ...

    Authors: Marian JT Oud, Jan Schuling, Klaas H Groenier, Peter FM Verhaak, Cees J Slooff, Janny H Dekker and Betty Meyboom-de Jong
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:92
  35. China has had no effective and systematic information system to provide guidance for strengthening PHC (Primary Health Care) or account to citizens on progress. We report on the development of the China result...

    Authors: Sabrina T Wong, Delu Yin, Onil Bhattacharyya, Bin Wang, Liqun Liu and Bowen Chen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:91
  36. Non-adherence to clinical guidelines has been identified as a consistent finding in general practice. The purpose of this study was to develop theory-informed, computer-delivered interventions to promote the i...

    Authors: Lisa McDermott, Lucy Yardley, Paul Little, Mark Ashworth and Martin Gulliford
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:90
  37. Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) can cause profound and prolonged illness and disability, and poses significant problems of uncertainty for healthcare professionals in its diagnosis ...

    Authors: Simon MC Horton, Fiona Poland, Swati Kale, Maria de Lourdes Drachler, Jose Carlos de Carvalho Leite, Maggie A McArthur, Peter D Campion, Derek Pheby and Luis Nacul
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:89
  38. Overuse of emergency departments (ED) is of concern in Western society and it is often referred to as 'inappropriate' use. This phenomenon may compromise efficient use of health care personnel, infrastructure ...

    Authors: Hilde Philips, Roy Remmen, Peter De Paepe, Walter Buylaert and Paul Van Royen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:88
  39. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the growing understanding that lifestyle behaviour plays an essential role in improving overall health suggest a need for increased attention to lifestyle choi...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Peter Verhaak and Sandra van Dulmen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:87
  40. Disease management programmes (DMPs) are costly and impose additional work load on general practitioners (GPs). Data on their effectiveness are inconclusive. We therefore conducted a cluster-randomised control...

    Authors: Andreas C Sönnichsen, Henrike Winkler, Maria Flamm, Sigrid Panisch, Peter Kowatsch, Gert Klima, Bernhard Fürthauer and Raimund Weitgasser
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:86
  41. Older patients are typically underrepresented in clinical trials of medications for chronic pain. A post hoc analysis of multiple clinical studies of pregabalin in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neu...

    Authors: David Semel, T Kevin Murphy, Gergana Zlateva, Raymond Cheung and Birol Emir
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:85
  42. Among the strategies used to reform primary care, the participation of nurses in primary care practices appears to offer a promising avenue to better meet the needs of vulnerable patients. The present study ex...

    Authors: Martin Fortin, Catherine Hudon, Frances Gallagher, Antoine L Ntetu, Danielle Maltais and Hassan Soubhi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:84
  43. Increasing physical activity is a cornerstone in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and in general practice it is a challenge to achieve long-term adherence to this life style change. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Henning Lohmann, Volkert Siersma and Niels F Olivarius
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:83
  44. This article concerns Swedish family physicians' (FPs) experiences collaborating with district nurses (DNs) when the DNs provide medical treatment for home care patients. The aim was to develop a model to illu...

    Authors: Sonja Modin, Lena Törnkvist, Anna-Karin Furhoff and Ingrid Hylander
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:82
  45. Scientific research has provided evidence on benefits of well developed primary care systems. The relevance of some of this research for the European situation is limited.

    Authors: Dionne S Kringos, Wienke GW Boerma, Yann Bourgueil, Thomas Cartier, Toralf Hasvold, Allen Hutchinson, Margus Lember, Marek Oleszczyk, Danica Rotar Pavlic, Igor Svab, Paolo Tedeschi, Andrew Wilson, Adam Windak, Toni Dedeu and Stefan Wilm
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:81
  46. Type 2 diabetes is very prevalent in the Gulf region, particularly in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which has the second highest prevalence in the world. Factors contributing to this include changes in diet, ...

    Authors: Nabil Sulaiman, Aisha Hamdan, Hani Tamim, Dhafir A Mahmood and Doris Young
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:80
  47. Missed appointments are known to interfere with appropriate care and to misspend medical and administrative resources. The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of a sequential intervention reminding...

    Authors: Noelle Junod Perron, Melissa Dominicé Dao, Michel P Kossovsky, Valerie Miserez, Carmen Chuard, Alexandra Calmy and Jean-Michel Gaspoz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:79
  48. Acute urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common bacterial infections among women presenting to primary care. However, there is a lack of consensus regarding the optimal reference standard thres...

    Authors: Leonie GM Giesen, Gráinne Cousins, Borislav D Dimitrov, Floris A van de Laar and Tom Fahey
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:78
  49. Self-tests, tests on medical conditions that can be performed by consumers without consulting a doctor first, are frequently used. Nevertheless, there are concerns about the safety of self-testing, as it may d...

    Authors: Martine HP Ickenroth, Gaby Ronda, Janaica EJ Grispen, Geert-Jan Dinant, Nanne K de Vries and Trudy van der Weijden
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:77

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