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  1. Patients' priorities and views on quality care are well-documented in Western countries but there is a dearth of research in this area in the East. The aim of the present study was to explore Chinese patients'...

    Authors: Colman SC Fung and Stewart W Mercer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:10
  2. Sleep problems are common, affecting over a third of adults in the United Kingdom and leading to reduced productivity and impaired health-related quality of life. Many of those whose lives are affected seek me...

    Authors: A Niroshan Siriwardena, Tanefa Apekey, Michelle Tilling, Andrew Harrison, Jane V Dyas, Hugh C Middleton, Roderick Ørner, Tracey Sach, Michael Dewey and Zubair M Qureshi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:9
  3. Patients with overactive bladder (OAB) are under-diagnosed in the primary care setting. Primary care physicians (PCP) approach to the patient and appropriate patient disclosure may contribute to under-diagnosis.

    Authors: Wellman W Cheung, Nadia H Khan, Karmina K Choi, Martin H Bluth and Miriam T Vincent
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:8
  4. In the UK, 8–15% of women suffer from postnatal depression with long term consequences for maternal mood and child development. Current guidelines state that health visitors and GPs should continue to have a m...

    Authors: Carolyn A Chew-Graham, Deborah Sharp, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Liz Folkes and Katrina M Turner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:7
  5. Previous studies of inter-practice variation of the prevalence of hypertension and diabetes mellitus showed wide variations between practices. However, in these studies inter-practice variation was calculated ...

    Authors: Markus MJ Nielen, François G Schellevis and Robert A Verheij
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:6
  6. A criticism of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) in primary care is that they lack external validity, participants being unrepresentative of the wider population. Our aim was to determine whether published p...

    Authors: Ritu Jones, Robert O Jones, Colin McCowan, Alan A Montgomery and Tom Fahey
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:5
  7. Increased use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) has been associated with increased prostate cancer incidence. Ireland is estimated to have one of the highest prostate cancer incidences in Europe and has no na...

    Authors: Frances J Drummond, Anne-Elie Carsin, Linda Sharp and Harry Comber
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:3
  8. While bio-medically, menopause could be treated as an illness, from a psychosocial and cultural perspective it could be seen as a "natural" process without requiring medication unless severe symptoms are present.

    Authors: Serap Y Cifcili, Mehmet Akman, Abdullah Demirkol, Pemra C Unalan and Etienne Vermeire
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:2
  9. Benzodiazepines are frequently prescribed to elderly patients' despite concerns about adverse effects leading to injurious falls. Previous studies have not investigated the extent to which patients with pre-ex...

    Authors: Gillian Bartlett, Michal Abrahamowicz, Roland Grad, Marie-Pierre Sylvestre and Robyn Tamblyn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:1
  10. In some Western countries, more and more patients seek initial treatment even for minor injuries at emergency units of hospitals. The initial evaluation and treatment as well as aftercare of these patients req...

    Authors: Patrik R Schwab, Lorin M Benneker, Stefan Eggli, Heinz Zimmermann and Aristomenis K Exadaktylos
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:69
  11. Refugees and asylum seekers experience language barriers in general practice. Qualitative studies have found that responses to language barriers in general practice are ad hoc with use of both professional interp...

    Authors: Anne MacFarlane, Liam G Glynn, Phillip I Mosinkie and Andrew W Murphy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:68
  12. People with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia might be at risk of lacking adequate control for cardiovascular risk factors. Our aim was to determine the extent of health care utilization and provision in primary car...

    Authors: Paul GH Janssen, Kees J Gorter, Ronald P Stolk, Mehmet Akarsubasi and Guy EHM Rutten
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:67
  13. Central to establishing continuity of care is the development of a relationship between doctor and patient/caregiver. Transfer of information between these parties facilitates the development of continuity in ...

    Authors: Valorie A Crooks and Gina Agarwal
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:65
  14. Most diagnostic tests for acute uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) have been previously studied in so-called single-test evaluations. In practice, however, clinicians use more than one test in the d...

    Authors: Bart J Knottnerus, Patrick JE Bindels, Suzanne E Geerlings, Eric P Moll van Charante and Gerben ter Riet
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:64
  15. Lithuanian primary health care (PHC) is undergoing changes from the systems prevalent under the Soviet Union, which ensured free access to specialised health care. Currently four different PHC models work in p...

    Authors: Andrzej Zielinski, Anders Håkansson, Arnoldas Jurgutis, Ingvar Ovhed and Anders Halling
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:63
  16. General practitioners (GPs) are ideally placed to bridge the widely noted evidence-practice gap between current management of NVAF and the need to increase anticoagulant use to reduce the risk of fatal and dis...

    Authors: Melina Gattellari, John M Worthington, Nicholas A Zwar and Sandy Middleton
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:62
  17. Diuretics are recommended as initial treatment for hypertension. Several studies have suggested suboptimal persistence and adherence to thiazide diuretic monotherapy; this study compared patient persistence an...

    Authors: Bimal V Patel, Rosemay A Remigio-Baker, Patrick Thiebaud, Ronald Preblick and Craig Plauschinat
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:61
  18. Gender-related differences are seen in multiple aspects of both health and illness. Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is a pathology in which diagnostic, treatment and prognostic differences are seen between sexes,...

    Authors: Inés Cruz, Catalina Serna, Jordi Real, Gisela Galindo, Eduardo Gascó and Leonardo Galván
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:60
  19. For respiratory allergic disorders in children, sublingual immunotherapy has been developed as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy. Sublingual immunotherapy is more convenient, has a good safety profi...

    Authors: Cindy MA de Bot, Heleen Moed, Marjolein Y Berger, Esther Röder, Hans de Groot, Johan C de Jongste, Roy Gerth van Wijk and Johannes C van der Wouden
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:59
  20. The general practitioner (GP) can play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle, which is especially relevant in people with an elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases due to hypertension. Therefore...

    Authors: Ivon EJ Milder, Anneke Blokstra, Judith de Groot, Sandra van Dulmen and Wanda JE Bemelmans
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:58
  21. The reduction in the number of unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics has become one of the most important objectives for primary health care. German GPs report that they are under "pressure to prescribe" an...

    Authors: Selime Sahlan, Anja Wollny, Silke Brockmann, Angela Fuchs and Attila Altiner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:57
  22. To assess the accuracy of findings from the clinical history, symptoms, signs and diagnostic tests (ECG, CXR and natriuretic peptides) in relation to the diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVS...

    Authors: V Madhok, G Falk, A Rogers, AD Struthers, FM Sullivan and T Fahey
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:56
  23. Patients in hospital can develop complaints unrelated to the condition they are admitted for. The treating specialist will then call upon a co-specialist who is specialized in the clinical picture associated w...

    Authors: J Mulder, KH Groenier, JH Dekker, AJ Berendsen and J Schuling
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:55
  24. Rapid Access Outpatient Units (RAOUs) have been suggested as an alternative to hospital inpatient units for the management of some acutely unwell children. These units can provide ambulatory care, delivered cl...

    Authors: Lisa Williams, Jane Fryer, Rachel Andrew, Colin Powell, Jim Pink and Glyn Elwyn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:54
  25. Also in Mediterranean countries, which are considered a low risk population for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the increase in body mass index (BMI) has become a public health priority. To evaluate the feasibil...

    Authors: Chiara Donfrancesco, Cinzia Lo Noce, Ovidio Brignoli, Gabriele Riccardi, Paola Ciccarelli, Francesco Dima, Luigi Palmieri and Simona Giampaoli
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:53
  26. A strong and self confident primary care workforce can deliver the highest quality care and outcomes equitably and cost effectively. To meet the increasing demands being made of it, primary care needs its own ...

    Authors: John Furler, Jennifer Cleland, Chris Del Mar, Barbara Hanratty, Umesh Kadam, Daniel Lasserson, Colin McCowan, Parker Magin, Caroline Mitchell, Nadeem Qureshi, Greta Rait, Nick Steel, Mieke van Driel and Alison Ward
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:52
  27. Personal continuity in general practice is considered to be a prerequisite of high quality patient care based on shared knowledge and mutual understanding. Not much is known about how personal continuity is re...

    Authors: Lea Jabaaij, Thijs Fassaert, Sandra van Dulmen, Arno Timmermans, Gerrit A van Essen and François Schellevis
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:51
  28. Motivational interviewing approaches are currently recommended in primary prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in general practice in Denmark, based on an empirical and multidisciplinary bo...

    Authors: Dea Kehler, Bo Christensen, Torsten Lauritzen, Morten Bondo Christensen, Adrian Edwards and Mette Bech Risør
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:50
  29. Elderly minority patients are less likely to receive influenza vaccination and colorectal cancer screening than are other patients. Communication between primary care providers (PCPs) and patients may affect s...

    Authors: Karen E Lasser, Bridget Kelly, Jan Maier, Jennifer Murillo, Sonia Hoover, Karen Isenberg, Deborah Osber, Natasha Pilkauskas, Bayo C Willis and James Hersey
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:49
  30. Female gender and young age are known risk factors for psychological morbidity after a disaster, but this conclusion is based on studies without a pre-disaster assessment. The aim of this study in family pract...

    Authors: Rik JH Soeteman, C Joris Yzermans, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Toine ALM Lagro-Janssen, Wil JHM van den Bosch and Jouke van der Zee
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:48
  31. The successful introduction of new methods for managing medically unexplained symptoms in primary care is dependent to a large degree on the attitudes, experiences and expectations of practitioners. As part of...

    Authors: Christopher Dowrick, Linda Gask, John G Hughes, Huw Charles-Jones, Judith A Hogg, Sarah Peters, Peter Salmon, Anne R Rogers and Richard K Morriss
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:46
  32. This paper describes the experiences of Australian general practitioners (GPs) in managing problematic crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) use among two groups of male patients: gay men and HIV positive men.

    Authors: Deborah C Saltman, Christy E Newman, Limin Mao, Susan C Kippax and Michael R Kidd
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:45
  33. Chronic disease management requires input from multiple health professionals, both specialist and primary care providers. This study sought to assess the impact of co-ordinated multidisciplinary care in primar...

    Authors: Geoffrey K Mitchell, Robyn M Brown, Lars Erikssen and Jennifer J Tieman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:44
  34. In medical malpractice litigations in recent years in Japan, it is notable that the growing number of medical litigation cases includes the issue of a doctor's explanation to the patient as a pivotal point. Th...

    Authors: Tomoko Hamasaki, Tadamichi Takehara and Akihito Hagihara
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:43
  35. Adherence to clinical practice guidelines for management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is suboptimal. The purposes of this study were to identify practice patterns and barriers among U.S. general internists ...

    Authors: Hamidreza Doroodchi, Maziar Abdolrasulnia, Jill A Foster, Elyse Foster, Mintu P Turakhia, Kimberly A Skelding, Kiran Sagar and Linda L Casebeer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:42
  36. Shared Mental Health care between Psychiatry and Primary care has been developed to improve the care of common mental health problems but has not hitherto been adequately evaluated. The present study evaluated...

    Authors: Nadia Younès, Christine Passerieux, Marie-Christine Hardy-Bayle, Bruno Falissard and Isabelle Gasquet
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:41
  37. Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children and accounts for 1 in 5 of all child GP consultations. This paper reviews and discusses recent literature outlining the growing problem of physical inac...

    Authors: Brian Williams, Alison Powell, Gaylor Hoskins and Ron Neville
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:40
  38. General Practitioners (GPs) play a central role in controlling an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, i.e. cholesterol levels in serum. In the past few decades different studies have been publis...

    Authors: Stefaan Bartholomeeusen, Jan P Vandenbroucke, Carla Truyers and Frank Buntinx
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:39
  39. Consultations for minor ailments constitute a large part of the workload of general practitioners (GPs). As medical interventions are not always available, specific communication strategies, such as active lis...

    Authors: Thijs Fassaert, Sandra van Dulmen, François Schellevis, Liesbeth van der Jagt and Jozien Bensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:38
  40. This paper describes an evaluation of an initiative to increase the research capability of clinical groups in primary and community care settings in a region of the United Kingdom. The 'designated research tea...

    Authors: Jo Cooke, Susan Nancarrow, Jane Dyas and Martin Williams
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:37
  41. In recent decades international and national guidelines have been formulated to ensure that patients suffering from specific diseases receive evidence-based care. In 2004 the National Swedish Board of Health a...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord and Malou Lindberg
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:36
  42. Only half of all depressions are diagnosed in Primary Health Care (PHC). Depression can remain undetected for a long time and entail high costs for care and low quality of life for the individuals. Drop in cli...

    Authors: Ranja Stromberg, Estera Wernering, Anna Aberg-Wistedt, Anna-Karin Furhoff, Sven-Erik Johansson and Lars G Backlund
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:34
  43. Recent guidelines for the management of hypertension focus on treating patients according to their global cardiovascular risk (CVR), rather than strictly keeping blood pressure, or other risk factors, below se...

    Authors: Achim Mortsiefer, Tobias Meysen, Martin Schumacher, Claudia Lintges, Maren Stamer, Norbert Schmacke, Karl Wegscheider, Heinz-Harald Abholz and Jürgen in der Schmitten
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:33
  44. Although the BTS-SIGN asthma guideline is one of the most well known and widely respected guidelines in the world, implementation in UK primary care remains patchy. Building on extensive earlier descriptive wo...

    Authors: Sharon Wiener-Ogilvie, Guro Huby, Hilary Pinnock, John Gillies and Aziz Sheikh
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:32
  45. The Biopsychosocial Model aims to integrate the biological, psychological and social components of illness, but integration is difficult in practice, particularly when patients consult with medically unexplain...

    Authors: Nefyn Williams, Clare Wilkinson, Nigel Stott and David B Menkes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:30

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