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  1. Screening of primary care patients at risk for left ventricular systolic dysfunction by a simple blood-test might reduce referral rates for echocardiography. Whether or not natriuretic peptide testing is a use...

    Authors: Janka Koschack, Martin Scherer, Claus Lüers, Michael M Kochen, Dirk Wetzel, Sibylle Kleta, Claudia Pouwels, Rolf Wachter, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, Burkert Pieske and Lutz Binder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:14
  2. The work of general practitioners (GPs) is increasingly being looked at from the perspective of the strategies and factors shaping it. This reflects the importance given to primary care services in health care...

    Authors: Robert Geneau, Pascale Lehoux, Raynald Pineault and Paul Lamarche
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:12
  3. Cooperatives delivering out of hours care in the Netherlands are hesitant about the use of expert systems during triage. Apart from the extra costs, cooperatives are not sure that quality of triage is sufficie...

    Authors: Rob SG Ong, Johan Post, Harry van Rooij and Jan de Haan
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:11
  4. Context: Acute cough is a very common symptom presentation among children in primary care and is usually due to respiratory infection, yet its cost is unknown. An estimate of the cost to healthcare providers and...

    Authors: Sandra Hollinghurst, Catherine Gorst, Tom Fahey and Alastair D Hay
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:10
  5. There is no validated way of measuring diagnostic delay in cancer, especially covering patient and primary care delays. An instrument is needed in order to determine the effect of potential interventions to re...

    Authors: Richard D Neal, Diana Pasterfield, Clare Wilkinson, Kerenza Hood, Matthew Makin and Helen Lawrence
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:9
  6. Any intervention to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics for infections in children has the potential to reduce the selective pressure on antimicrobial resistance and minimise the medicalisation of self...

    Authors: Lesley Wye, Alastair D Hay, Kate Northstone, Jackie Bishop, Judith Headley and Elizabeth Thompson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:8
  7. Supporting self-management intends to improve life-style, which is beneficial for patients with mild osteoarthritis (OA). We evaluated a nurse-based intervention on older OA patients' self-management with the ...

    Authors: Raymond Wetzels, Chris van Weel, Richard Grol and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:7
  8. Multimorbidity has been defined as the co-existence of two or more chronic conditions. It has a profound impact on both the individuals affected and on their use of healthcare services. The limited research to...

    Authors: Susan M Smith, Atakelet Ferede and Tom O'Dowd
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:6
  9. Better management of affective and somatoform disorders may reduce consultation rates in primary care. Somatoform disorders are highly prevalent in primary care and co-morbidity with affective disorders is sub...

    Authors: Margot WM de Waal, Ingrid A Arnold, Just AH Eekhof, Willem JJ Assendelft and Albert M van Hemert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:5
  10. The decision to issue sickness certification in Sweden for a patient should be based on the physician's assessment of the reduction of the patient's work capacity due to a disease or injury, not on psychosocia...

    Authors: Gunilla Norrmén, Kurt Svärdsudd and Dan KG Andersson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:3
  11. In Australia and in the United Kingdom (UK) access to specialists is sanctioned by General Practitioners (GPs). It is important to understand how practitioners determine which patients warrant referral.

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Michael Gordon, Hayley Arnet, Hooi Ee, Max Bulsara and Brigitte Colwell
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:2
  12. To examine the agreement between depression symptoms using an assessment tool (PHQ-9), and physician documentation of the same symptoms during a clinic visit, and then to examine how the presence of these symp...

    Authors: Chizobam Ani, Mohsen Bazargan, David Hindman, Douglas Bell, Muhammad A Farooq, Lutful Akhanjee, Francis Yemofio, Richard Baker and Michael Rodriguez
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:1
  13. In North America, although it varies according to the specific type of acute respiratory infections (ARI), use of antibiotics is estimated to be well above the expected prevalence of bacterial infections. The ...

    Authors: France Légaré, Michel Labrecque, Annie LeBlanc, Robert Thivierge, Gaston Godin, Claudine Laurier, Luc Côté, Annette M O'Connor, Nadine Allain-Boulé, Jean Rousseau and Sylvie Tapp
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:65
  14. The continuity of care is one of the cornerstones of general practice. General practitioners find personal relationships with their patients important as they enable them to provide a higher quality of care. A...

    Authors: Lea Jabaaij, Dinny H de Bakker, Henk J Schers, Patrick JE Bindels, Janny H Dekker and François G Schellevis
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:64
  15. The management of patients with diabetes mellitus is complex. Some research has been done in developed countries to attempt to determine the factors that influence quality of care of patients with diabetes: Fa...

    Authors: Hugh Alberti, Nessiba Boudriga and Mounira Nabli
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:63
  16. Patients may find it difficult to distinguish between the symptoms of anxiety and those of asthma. Findings are equivocal on whether there is a specific link between anxiety and asthma. The aims of this study ...

    Authors: Cindy L Cooper, Glenys D Parry, Carol Saul, Alyn H Morice, Bruce J Hutchcroft, Julia Moore and Lisa Esmonde
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:62
  17. Self-rated health is an important indicator of quality of life as well as a good predictor of future health. The purpose of the study was to follow up the self-rated health and the prevalence of symptoms of de...

    Authors: Ylva Skånér, Gunnar H Nilsson, Kristina Sundquist, Ejda Hassler and Ingvar Krakau
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:61
  18. This study was conducted in order to determine the use of aspirin and to assess the achievement of therapeutic targets in diabetic patients according to primary (PP) or secondary prevention (SP).

    Authors: Antoni Sicras-Mainar, Ruth Navarro-Artieda, Javier Rejas-Gutiérrez, Jaime Fernández-de-Bobadilla, Xavier Frías-Garrido and Rafael Ruiz-Riera
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:60
  19. Foot complications are common in diabetic patients and are considered one of the most expensive diabetes (DM) complications to treat. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors for ...

    Authors: Fatma Al-Maskari and Mohammed El-Sadig
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:59
  20. Informed decision making is the theoretical basis in the UK for men's decisions about Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer testing. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of a w...

    Authors: Rhodri Evans, Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, Robert Newcombe, Paul Kinnersley, Pat Wright, Jeff Griffiths, Joan Austoker and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:58
  21. The association between stress and morale among general practitioners (GP) is well documented. However, the impact of GP stress or low morale on patient care is less clear. GPs in the UK now routinely survey p...

    Authors: Brian McKinstry, Jeremy Walker, Mike Porter, Colette Fulton, Ashley Tait, Janet Hanley and Stewart Mercer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:57
  22. In April 2004, an incentive based contract was introduced to UK primary care. An important element of the new contract is the ability to exclude individuals from quality indicators for a variety of reasons (kn...

    Authors: Colin R Simpson, Philip C Hannaford, Matthew McGovern, Michael W Taylor, Paul N Green, Karen Lefevre and David J Williams
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:56
  23. Next to other GP characteristics, diagnostic labelling (the proportion of acute respiratory tract (RT) episodes to be labelled as infections) probably contributes to a higher volume of antibiotic prescriptions...

    Authors: Huug J van Duijn, Marijke M Kuyvenhoven, Hanneke M Tiebosch, François G Schellevis and Theo JM Verheij
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:55
  24. In 1996 the guideline 'The Red Eye' was first published by the Dutch College of General Practitioners. The extent to which general practitioners adhere to this guideline is unclear. Recently, data on the manag...

    Authors: Remco P Rietveld, Gerben ter Riet, Patrick JE Bindels, François G Schellevis and Henk CPM van Weert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:54
  25. Do doctors really need to establish an etiological diagnosis each time a patient presents? Or might it often be more effective to treat simply on the basis of symptoms and signs alone, relying on research and ...

    Authors: Geert-Jan GJ Dinant, Frank F Buntinx and Chris CC Butler
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:53
  26. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is recommended in most depression treatment guidelines and proved to be a suitable treatment for elderly depressed patients. Despite the favorable results of IPT in research p...

    Authors: Digna JF van Schaik, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Marten de Haan and Richard van Dyck
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:52
  27. The epidemiology of chest pain differs strongly between outpatient and emergency settings. In general practice, the most frequent cause is the chest wall pain. However, there is a lack of information about the...

    Authors: François Verdon, Bernard Burnand, Lilli Herzig, Michel Junod, Alain Pécoud and Bernard Favrat
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:51
  28. The prevalence of childhood obesity is rising and the UK Government have stated a commitment to addressing obesity in general. One method has been to include indicators relating to obesity within the GP pay-fo...

    Authors: Olivia Walker, Mark Strong, Rebecca Atchinson, Joanna Saunders and Jo Abbott
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:50
  29. Intimate partner violence (IPV) including physical, sexual and emotional violence, causes short and long term ill-health. Brief questions that reliably identify women experiencing IPV who present in clinical s...

    Authors: Hardip Sohal, Sandra Eldridge and Gene Feder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:49
  30. Both doctors and patients may perceive the Internet as a potential challenge to existing therapeutic relationships. Here we examine patients' views of the effect of the Internet on their relationship with doct...

    Authors: Fiona A Stevenson, Cicely Kerr, Elizabeth Murray and Irwin Nazareth
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:47
  31. Over the last five years, Dutch provision of out-of-hours primary health care has shifted from practice-based services towards large-scale general practitioner (GP) cooperatives. Only few population-based stud...

    Authors: Eric P Moll van Charante, Pauline CE van Steenwijk-Opdam and Patrick JE Bindels
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:46
  32. Diabetes is a chronic illness, which requires the individual to assume responsibility for their own care with the aim of maintaining glucose and blood pressure levels as close to normal as possible. Traditiona...

    Authors: Gillian M Paul, Susan M Smith, David L Whitford, Eamon O'Shea, Fergus O'Kelly and Tom O'Dowd
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:45
  33. It is argued that the ways in which women express emotional distress mean that they are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, while men's relative lack of articulacy means their depression is hidden. Th...

    Authors: Carol Emslie, Damien Ridge, Sue Ziebland and Kate Hunt
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:43
  34. The Normalization Process Model is a conceptual tool intended to assist in understanding the factors that affect implementation processes in clinical trials and other evaluations of complex interventions. It f...

    Authors: Carl R May, Frances S Mair, Christopher F Dowrick and Tracy L Finch
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:42
  35. Despite the large amount of time and money which has been devoted to low back pain research, successful management remains an elusive goal and low back pain continues to place a large burden on the primary car...

    Authors: Nicholas Henschke, Christopher G Maher, Kathryn M Refshauge, Anurina Das and James H McAuley
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:40
  36. There has been little development of the general practice consultation over the years, and many aspects of the present consultation do not serve communities with multiple health and social problems well. Many ...

    Authors: David L Whitford and Wai-Sun Chan
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:38
  37. This paper presents the pilot study and protocol for a randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a psychological, family-based intervention to improve outcomes in those with poorly controlled ty...

    Authors: Karen M Keogh, Patricia White, Susan M Smith, Sinead McGilloway, Tom O'Dowd and James Gibney
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:36
  38. The National Health Service Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP) has recommended that screening for prostate cancer is available for asymptomatic men, on the understanding that they have been prov...

    Authors: Alison Clements, Eila Watson, Tanvi Rai, Colleen Bukach, Brian Shine and Joan Austoker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:35
  39. Depression is prevalent in people with type 2 diabetes and affects both glycaemic control and overall quality of life. The aim of this investigator-initiated trial was to evaluate the effect of the antidepress...

    Authors: Maria Paile-Hyvärinen, Kristian Wahlbeck and Johan G Eriksson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:34
  40. The quality of doctor-patient communication has a major impact on the quality of medical care. Communication guidelines define best practices for doctor patient communication and are therefore an important too...

    Authors: Wemke Veldhuijzen, Paul M Ram, Trudy van der Weijden, Susan Niemantsverdriet and Cees PM van der Vleuten
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:31
  41. Complex medical treatment is moving from hospital to primary care and General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly asked to undertake new roles. There are now an estimated 19,500 patients being fed in the UK i...

    Authors: Sharon M Madigan, Paul Fleming, Siobhan McCann, Marion E Wright and Domhnall MacAuley
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:29

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