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  1. Little is known about the care process after patients have contacted a GP cooperative for out-of-hours care. The objective of this study was to determine the proportion of patients who seek follow-up care afte...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Paul J Zwietering, Sjoerd O Hobma, Andre JHA Ament, Geertjan Wesseling, Onno CP van Schayck and Harry FJM Crebolder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:23
  2. Medical and technological progress has led to increased numbers of diagnostic tests, some of them inducing high financial costs. In Germany, high-cost diagnostic imaging is performed by a medical specialist af...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:22
  3. The way GPs work does not appear to be adapted to the needs of depressive patients. Therefore we wanted to examine Swedish GPs' conceptions of depressive disorders and their treatment and GPs' ideas of factors...

    Authors: Stig J Andersson, Margareta Troein and Gunnar Lindberg
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:21
  4. The problem of poor compliance/adherence to prescribed treatments is very complex. Health professionals are rarely being asked how they handle the patient's (poor) therapy compliance/adherence. In this study, ...

    Authors: Johan Wens, Etienne Vermeire, Paul Van Royen, Bernard Sabbe and Joke Denekens
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:20
  5. The aim of this study is to determine to what extent barriers perceived by general practitioners (GPs) for prescribing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients a...

    Authors: Willeke N Kasje, Petra Denig, Pieter A de Graeff and Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:19
  6. Common mental health problems are mainly treated in primary care settings and collaboration with mental health services is needed. Prior to re-organisation of the mental health care offer in a geographical are...

    Authors: Nadia Younes, Isabelle Gasquet, Pierre Gaudebout, Marie-Pierre Chaillet, Viviane Kovess, Bruno Falissard and Marie-Christine Hardy Bayle
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:18
  7. Obesity is an important public health problem. However, the effects of alcohol use on the risk for obesity have not been thoroughly explored. This study focuses on how frequency of alcohol use is related to th...

    Authors: James E Rohrer, Barbara M Rohland, Anne Denison and Anthony Way
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:17
  8. Childhood asthma has risen dramatically not only in the western societies and now forms a major and still increasing public health problem. The aims of this study were to follow up at the age of ten the patter...

    Authors: Eduardo Roel, Åshild Faresjö, Olle Zetterström, Erik Trell and Tomas Faresjö
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:16
  9. Family practitioners take care of large numbers of seniors with increasingly complex mental health problems. Varying levels of input may be necessary from psychiatric consultants. This study examines patients'...

    Authors: Mark J Yaffe, Francois Primeau, Jane McCusker, Martin G Cole, Eric Belzile, Nandini Dendukuri, Michel Elie and Johanne Laplante
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:15
  10. Type 2 diabetes is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence appears to be increasing. Guidelines exist regarding its management. Recommendations regarding drug therapy have changed. Little...

    Authors: Simon de Lusignan, Charalambos Sismanidis, Iain M Carey, Stephen DeWilde, Nicky Richards and Derek G Cook
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:13
  11. Little is known about general and family practitioners' (GP/FPs') involvement and confidence in dealing with children with common psychosocial problems and mental health conditions. The aims of this study were...

    Authors: Anton R Miller, Charlotte Johnston, Anne F Klassen, Stuart Fine and Michael Papsdorf
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:12
  12. Many medical errors occur during the laboratory testing process, including lost test results. Patient inquiry concerning results often represents the final safety net for locating lost results. This qualitativ...

    Authors: Donna M Baldwin, Javán Quintela, Christine Duclos, Elizabeth W Staton and Wilson D Pace
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:11
  13. There is wide variation in the quality of care provided by primary care practices to individuals with chronic illnesses. Individual doctor attitudes and interest have been demonstrated to influence patient out...

    Authors: Ajay K Thapar and Martin O Roland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:9
  14. Although oral replacement with high doses of vitamin B12 is both effective and safe for the treatment of B12 deficiency, little is known about patients' views concerning the acceptability and effectiveness of ora...

    Authors: Jeff C Kwong, David Carr, Irfan A Dhalla, Denise Tom-Kun and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:8
  15. About half of all newly presented episodes of shoulder complaints (SC) in general practice are reported to last for at least six months. Early interventions aimed at the psychological and social determinants o...

    Authors: Camiel De Bruijn, Rob de Bie, Jacques Geraets, Marielle Goossens, Albère Köke, Wim van den Heuvel, Geert van der Heijden and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:7
  16. The high rate of antibiotic prescriptions general practitioners (GPs) make for respiratory tract infections (RTI) are often explained by non-medical reasons e.g. an effort to meet patient expectations. Additio...

    Authors: Thomas Fischer, Susanne Fischer, Michael M Kochen and Eva Hummers-Pradier
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:6
  17. Obesity is the most common health problem in developed countries. Recently, several physicians' organizations have issued recommendations for treating obesity to family physicians, including instructions in nu...

    Authors: Amiel Feigenbaum, Shmuel Pasternak, Efrat Zusk, Miri Sarid and Shlomo Vinker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:5
  18. Diagnosing chronic heart failure is difficult, especially in mild cases or early in the course of the disease, and guidelines are not easily implemented in everyday practice. The aim of this study was to inves...

    Authors: Ylva Skånér, Lars Backlund, Henry Montgomery, Johan Bring and Lars-Erik Strender
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:4
  19. Research in General Practice requires the participation of General practitioners (GPs). In Germany there is little tradition of research in this field, and GPs are not used to be participants in research. Litt...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:31
  20. Identification and treatment of unrecognised asthmatics in the community is important for improving the health of the individual and minimising cost and quality of life burden. It is not practical to offer cli...

    Authors: Sybil Hirsch, Timothy L Frank, Jonathan L Shapiro, Michelle L Hazell and Peter I Frank
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:30
  21. Antibiotic overuse and misuse for upper respiratory tract infections in children is widespread and fuelled by public attitudes and expectations. This study assessed knowledge, beliefs, and practices regarding ...

    Authors: Neeta Parimi, Lexley M Pinto Pereira and P Prabhakar
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:28
  22. Diabetes requires significant alterations to lifestyle and completion of self management tasks to obtain good control of disease. The objective of this study was to determine if patient trust is associated wit...

    Authors: Denise E Bonds, Fabian Camacho, Ronny A Bell, Vanessa T Duren-Winfield, Roger T Anderson and David C Goff
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:26
  23. Family doctors should care for individuals in the context of their family. Family has a powerful influence on health and illness and family interventions have been shown to improve health outcomes for a variet...

    Authors: Marje Oona, Ruth Kalda, Margus Lember and Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:24
  24. Symptomatic hypogammaglobulinemia in infancy and childhood (SHIC), may be an early manifestation of a primary immunodeficiency or a maturational delay in the normal production of immunoglobulins (Ig). We aimed...

    Authors: Mona Iancovici Kidon, Zeev T Handzel, Rivka Schwartz, Irit Altboum, Michael Stein and Israel Zan-Bar
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:23
  25. Chronic meningitis is defined as symptoms and signs of meningeal inflammation and persisting cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities such as elevated protein level and pleocytosis for at least one month.

    Authors: Christopher Boos, Cyrus Daneshvar, Anna Hinton and Matthew Dawes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:21
  26. A primary goal of acute treatment for depression is clinical remission of symptoms. Most meta-analyses of remission rates involve randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using patients from psychiatric settings, b...

    Authors: Marliese Y Dawson, Erin E Michalak, Paul Waraich, J Ellen Anderson and Raymond W Lam
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:19
  27. Understanding the factors that affect patients' utilisation of health services is important for health service provision and effective patient management. This study aimed to investigate the specific morbidity...

    Authors: Stephanie A Knox and Helena Britt
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:17
  28. Despite the well-documented benefits of using warfarin to prevent stroke, physicians remain reluctant to initiate therapy, and especially so with the elderly owing to the higher risk of hemorrhage. Prior resea...

    Authors: Guilherme Coelho Dantas, Barbara V Thompson, Judith A Manson, C Shawn Tracy and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:15
  29. The literature demonstrates that medical residents and practicing physicians have an attitudinal-behavioral discordance concerning their positive attitudes towards clinical practice guidelines (CPG), and the i...

    Authors: Paul S Echlin, Ross EG Upshur and Tsveti P Markova
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:14
  30. Though urinary incontinence (UI) is a bothersome condition for the individual patient, the patients tend not to inform their physician about UI and the physician tend not to ask the patient. Recently different...

    Authors: Lars Viktrup and Lars Alling Møller
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:13
  31. Smoking rates among the general population in Bosnia and Herzegovina are extremely high, and national campaigns to lower smoking rates have not yet begun. As part of future activities of the Queen's University...

    Authors: Geoffrey Hodgetts, Teresa Broers and Marshall Godwin
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:12
  32. A previous systematic review reported that topical NSAIDs were effective in relieving pain in acute conditions like sprains and strains, with differences between individual drugs for efficacy. More trials, a b...

    Authors: Lorna Mason, R Andrew Moore, Jayne E Edwards, Sheena Derry and Henry J McQuay
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:10
  33. Heroin is a synthetic opioid with an extensive illicit market leading to large numbers of people becoming addicted. Heroin users often present to community treatment services requesting detoxification and in t...

    Authors: Nicola S Oldham, Nat MJ Wright, Clive E Adams, Laura Sheard and Charlotte NE Tompkins
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:9
  34. Influenza vaccination policy for elderly people in Britain has changed twice since 1997 to increase protection against influenza but there is no information available on how this has affected vaccine uptake, a...

    Authors: Elizabeth Breeze, Punam Mangtani, Astrid E Fletcher, Gill M Price, Sari Kovats and Jenny Roberts
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:8
  35. Clinical studies for testing new drugs against hepatitis B ought to be carried out in low prevalence areas despite difficulties on patient recruitment. In such areas, relatives of chronic hepatitis B patients ...

    Authors: Suzane Kioko Ono-Nita, Flair José Carrilho, Rita A Cardoso, Marcelo Eidi Nita and Luiz Caetano da Silva
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:7
  36. Ischaemic heart disease and congestive heart failure are common and important conditions in family practice. Effective treatments may be underutilized, particularly in women and the elderly. The objective of t...

    Authors: Wayne Putnam, Frederick I Burge, Beverley Lawson, Jafna L Cox, Ingrid Sketris, Gordon Flowerdew and David Zitner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:6
  37. Complementary and alternative medicines are used by many consumers, and increasingly are being incorporated into the general practitioner's armamentarium. Despite widespread usage, the evidence base for most c...

    Authors: Marie Pirotta, Jane Gunn, Patty Chondros, Sonia Grover, Susan Hurley and Suzanne Garland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2004 5:5

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