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  1. Medically unexplained symptoms are an important mental health problem in primary care and generate a high cost in health services.

    Authors: Alberto López-García-Franco, Mª Isabel del-Cura-González, Luis Caballero-Martinez, Teresa Sanz-Cuesta, Marta Isabel Díaz-García, Mª Teresa Rodriguez-Monje, Marcela Chahua, Inmaculada Muñoz-Sanchez, Dolores Serrano-González, Teresa Rollán-Llanderas, Esther Nieto-Blanco, Liliana Losada-Cucco, Fernando Caballero-Martínez, Nuria Sanz-García, Belén Pose-García, Montserrat Jurado-Sueiro…
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:35
  2. Since 2005, Kenyan medical universities have been training general practitioners, providing them with clinical, management, teaching and research skills, in order to enhance access to and quality of health car...

    Authors: Chiel TM van der Voort, Geraldine van Kasteren, Patrick Chege and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:32
  3. Failure to take medication reduces the effectiveness of treatment leading to increased morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the efficacy of a consultation-based intervention to support objectively-assessed ad...

    Authors: Andrew Farmer, Wendy Hardeman, Dyfrig Hughes, A Toby Prevost, Youngsuk Kim, Anthea Craven, Jason Oke, Sue Boase, Mary Selwood, Ian Kellar, Jonathan Graffy, Simon Griffin, Stephen Sutton and Ann-Louise Kinmonth
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:30
  4. In Canada, one in three adults or almost 9 million people report having a chronic condition. Over two thirds of total deaths result from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illness and 77%...

    Authors: Julie Richardson, Lori Letts, David Chan, Alexis Officer, Sarah Wojkowski, Doug Oliver, Ainsley Moore, Lisa McCarthy, David Price and Sarah Kinzie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:29
  5. Pharmacists have expanded their roles and responsibilities as a result of primary health care reform. There is currently no consensus on the core competencies for pharmacists working in these evolving practice...

    Authors: Natalie Kennie-Kaulbach, Barbara Farrell, Natalie Ward, Sharon Johnston, Ashley Gubbels, Tewodros Eguale, Lisa Dolovich, Derek Jorgenson, Nancy Waite and Nancy Winslade
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:27
  6. There are continued concerns over an adequate supply of family physicians (FPs) practicing in Canada. While most resource planning has focused on intake into postgraduate education, less information is availab...

    Authors: R Liisa Jaakkimainen, Susan E Schultz, Richard H Glazier, Caroline Abrahams and Sarita Verma
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:26
  7. International interest in pay-for-performance (P4P) initiatives to improve quality of health care is growing. Current programs vary in the methods of performance measurement, appraisal and reimbursement. One m...

    Authors: Kirsten Kirschner, Jozé Braspenning, JE Annelies Jacobs and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:25
  8. Despite the availability of a wide selection of effective antihypertensive treatments and the existence of clear treatment guidelines, many patients with hypertension do not have controlled blood pressure. We ...

    Authors: Heymann Anthony, Liora Valinsky, Zucker Inbar, Chodick Gabriel and Shalev Varda
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:24
  9. Standing orders programs (SOPs) allow non-physician medical staff to assess eligibility and administer vaccines without a specific physician's order. SOPs increase vaccination rates but are underutilized.

    Authors: Steven M Albert, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Michael A Yonas, Richard K Zimmerman and Faruque Ahmed
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:22
  10. Primary healthcare in developed countries is undergoing important reforms, and these require evaluation strategies to assess how well the population's expectations are being met. Although numerous instruments ...

    Authors: Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Jeannie Haggerty, Gervais Beninguissé, Frederick Burge, David Gass, Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, Raynald Pineault, Darcy Santor and Christine Beaulieu
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:20
  11. Primary care improvement is the cornerstone of current reforms. Mental disorders (MDs) are a leading cause of morbidity worldwide and widespread in industrialised countries. MDs are treated mainly in primary c...

    Authors: Marie-Josée Fleury, Armelle Imboua, Denise Aubé, Lambert Farand and Yves Lambert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:19
  12. The benefit of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in people with type 2 diabetes on diet or oral agents other than sulphonylureas remains uncertain. Trials of interventions incorporating education about s...

    Authors: Helen M Dallosso, Helen C Eborall, Heather Daly, Lorraine Martin-Stacey, Jane Speight, Kathryn Realf, Marian E Carey, Michael J Campbell, Simon Dixon, Kamlesh Khunti, Melanie J Davies and Simon Heller
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:18
  13. Family history is a common risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), yet it is often underused to guide risk assessment and the provision of risk-appropriate CRC screening recommendation. The aim of this study ...

    Authors: Ryan J Courtney, Christine L Paul, Robert W Sanson-Fisher, Finlay A Macrae, Mariko L Carey, John Attia and Mark McEvoy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:17
  14. There is a continuing need for research capacity building initiatives for primary health care professionals. Historically strategies have focused on interventions aimed at individuals but more recently theoret...

    Authors: Libby Holden, Susan Pager, Xanthe Golenko, Robert S Ware and Robyn Weare
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:16
  15. The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have experienced a lot of changes at the end of the 20th century, including changes in the health care systems and especially in primary care. The aim of this paper ...

    Authors: Marek Oleszczyk, Igor Švab, Bohumil Seifert, Anna Krztoń-Królewiecka and Adam Windak
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:15
  16. Chronically ill patients often experience psychosocial problems in everyday life. A biopsychosocial approach is considered to be essential in chronic care. In Dutch primary health care the current biomedically...

    Authors: Anneke van Dijk-de Vries, Albine Moser, Vera-Christina Mertens, Jikke van der Linden, Trudy van der Weijden and Jacques Th. M van Eijk
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:14
  17. Prophylactic treatment is an important but under-utilised option for the management of migraine. Patients and physicians appear to have reservations about initiating this treatment option. This paper explores ...

    Authors: Frans Dekker, Arie Knuistingh Neven, Boukje Andriesse, David Kernick, Ria Reis, Michel D Ferrari and Willem JJ Assendelft
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:13
  18. Dementia is increasing in prevalence as the population ages. An earlier rather than later diagnosis allows persons with dementia and their families to plan ahead and access appropriate management. However, mos...

    Authors: Constance D Pond, Henry Brodaty, Nigel P Stocks, Jane Gunn, John Marley, Peter Disler, Parker Magin, Nerida Paterson, Graeme Horton, Susan Goode, Bronwen Paine and Karen E Mate
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:12
  19. Within the 52 health districts in South Africa, the family physician is seen as the clinical leader within a multi-professional district health team. Family physicians must be competent to meet 90% of the heal...

    Authors: Louis Jenkins, Bob Mash and Anselme Derese
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:11
  20. In most countries with sickness insurance systems, general practitioners (GPs) play a key role in the sickness-absence process. Previous studies have indicated that GPs experience several tasks and situations ...

    Authors: Lee D Winde, Kristina Alexanderson, Benedicte Carlsen, Linnea Kjeldgård, Anna Löfgren Wilteus and Sturla Gjesdal
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:10
  21. Thiazide diuretics are cost-effective for the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, but physicians often opt for more expensive treatment options such as angiotensin II receptor blockers or angiotensin c...

    Authors: Christian M Rochefort, Julia Morlec and Robyn M Tamblyn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:9
  22. Prevalence of insomnia symptoms in the general population is high. Insomnia is linked with high health care use and within primary care there are a number of treatment options available. The objective of this ...

    Authors: Richard A Hayward, Kelvin P Jordan and Peter Croft
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:8
  23. Patient 'enablement' is a term closely aligned with 'empowerment' and its measurement in a general practice consultation has been operationalised in the widely used patient enablement instrument (PEI), a patie...

    Authors: Stewart W Mercer, Bhautesh D Jani, Margaret Maxwell, Samuel YS Wong and Graham CM Watt
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:6
  24. Despite warfarin's marked efficacy, not all eligible patients receive it for stroke prevention in AF. The aim of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the association between prescriber and/or patient characteris...

    Authors: Victoria L Baczek, Wendy T Chen, Jeffrey Kluger and Craig I Coleman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:5
  25. While increasing attention is being paid to enabling terminal patients to remain at home until death, limited information is available on the circumstances in which people at home actually die. Therefore this ...

    Authors: Kathleen Leemans, Lieve Van den Block, Johan Bilsen, Joachim Cohen, Nicole Boffin and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:4
  26. The use of oral corticosteroids as treatment of COPD exacerbations in primary care is well established and evidence-based. However, the most appropriate dosage regimen has not been determined and remains contr...

    Authors: Marianne de Vries, Annette J Berendsen, Henk EP Bosveld, Huib AM Kerstjens and Thys van der Molen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:3
  27. Procedures documented by general practitioners in primary care have not been studied in relation to procedure coding systems. We aimed to describe procedures documented by Swedish general practitioners in elec...

    Authors: Anna Vikström, Maria Hägglund, Mikael Nyström, Lars-Erik Strender, Sabine Koch, Per Hjerpe, Ulf Lindblad and Gunnar H Nilsson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:2
  28. Depression is common in coronary heart disease (CHD). Affected patients have an increased incidence of coronary symptoms and death. Little is known about how best to manage primary care patients with both CHD ...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Barley, Paul Walters, André Tylee and Joanna Murray
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2012 13:1
  29. The protection and promotion of breastfeeding is considered a priority in Europe where only 22% of infants less than 6 months old are exclusively breastfed. In Spain this percentage reaches 24.8% but in our ci...

    Authors: Susana Martín-Iglesias, Isabel del-Cura-González, Teresa Sanz-Cuesta, Celina Arana-Cañedo_Argüelles, Mercedes Rumayor-Zarzuelo, Marta Álvarez-de la Riva, Ana M Lloret-Sáez_Bravo, Rosa M Férnandez-Arroyo, José L Aréjula-Torres, Óscar Aguado-Arroyo, Francisco Góngora-Maldonado, Manuela García-Corraliza, Nazareth Sandoval-Encinas, Margarita Tomico-delRío and Ana M Cornejo-Gutiérrez
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:144
  30. Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is gaining popularity among hypertensive patients. This study aimed to explore the influence of self-initiated HBPM on primary care patients with hypertension.

    Authors: Adina Abdullah and Sajaratulnisah Othman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:143
  31. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate and refine an adjuvant system of color-specific symbols that are added to medication bottles and to assess whether this system would increase the ability of pati...

    Authors: Roberto Cardarelli, Christopher Mann, Kimberly G Fulda, Elizabeth Balyakina, Anna Espinoza and Sue Lurie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:142
  32. In order for patients to adhere to advice, provided by family doctors, they must be able to recall it afterwards. However, several studies have shown that most patients do not fully understand or memorize it. ...

    Authors: Polona Selic, Igor Svab, Marija Repolusk and Nena K Gucek
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:141
  33. The worldwide increase in obesity is becoming a major health concern. General practitioners (GPs) play a central role in managing obesity. We aimed to examine Swiss GPs self-reported practice in diagnosis and ...

    Authors: Carola A Huber, Meichun Mohler-Kuo, Ueli Zellweger, Marco Zoller, Thomas Rosemann and Oliver Senn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:140
  34. Depression and anxiety are common co-morbid health problems in patients with type 2 diabetes. Both depression and anxiety are associated with poor glycaemic control and increased risk of poor vascular outcomes...

    Authors: Corinne H Stoop, Viola RM Spek, Victor JM Pop and François Pouwer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:139
  35. Communication is a key competence for health care professionals. Analysis of registrar and GP communication performance in daily practice, however, suggests a suboptimal application of communication skills. Th...

    Authors: Geurt Essers, Sandra van Dulmen, Chris van Weel, Cees van der Vleuten and Anneke Kramer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:138
  36. Primary care teams' job satisfaction is an important issue in quality of care. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the job satisfaction of general practitioners (GPs) and non-physician staff and to explor...

    Authors: Katja Goetz, Stephen M Campbell, Jost Steinhaeuser, Bjoern Broge, Sara Willms and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:137
  37. Research has indicated that general practitioners (GPs) have good clinical judgment in regards to diagnosing and managing herpes zoster (HZ) within clinical practice in a country with limited resources for pri...

    Authors: Christos D Lionis, Constantine I Vardavas, Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Maria G Papadakaki, Foteini S Anastasiou, Maria D Antonopoulou, Charalampos M Apostolakis, Stelios A Dimitrakopoulos, George I Fountakis, Ilias A Grammatikopoulos, John D Komninos, Dimitris K Kounalakis, Eva S Ladoukaki, Kornilia V Makri, Chrysa S Petraki, Nikos G Ploumis…
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:136
  38. Deficiencies in the quality of diabetes and hypertension primary care and outcomes have been documented in Barbados. This study aimed to explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices, and the barriers faced b...

    Authors: O Peter Adams and Anne O Carter
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:135
  39. Reasons for poor guideline adherence in acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in children in high-income countries are unclear, but may be due to inconsistency between guideline recommendations, lack of evidence, and la...

    Authors: José van den Berg and Marjolein Y Berger
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:134
  40. Psychotic conditions and especially schizophrenia, have been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Many studies are performed in specialized settings with a strong focus on schizophrenia. Somatic ...

    Authors: Carla Truyers, Frank Buntinx, Jan De Lepeleire, Marc De Hert, Ruud Van Winkel, Bert Aertgeerts, Stefaan Bartholomeeusen and Emmanuel Lesaffre
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:132
  41. Over 75% of mental health problems begin in adolescence and primary care has been identified as the target setting for mental health intervention by the World Health Organisation. The mobiletype program is a ment...

    Authors: Sophie C Reid, Sylvia D Kauer, Stephen JC Hearps, Alexander HD Crooke, Angela S Khor, Lena A Sanci and George C Patton
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:131
  42. Treatment recommendations for prevention of type 2 diabetes complications often require radical and life-long health behaviour changes. Observational studies based on Self-determination theory (SDT) propose su...

    Authors: Lise Juul, Helle T Maindal, Vibeke Zoffmann, Morten Frydenberg and Annelli Sandbaek
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:130
  43. Depressive disorders are commonly managed in primary care and family physicians are ideally placed to serve as central providers to these patients. Around the world, the prevalence of depressive disorders in p...

    Authors: Weng Yee Chin, Cindy LK Lam, Samuel YS Wong, Yvonne YC Lo, Daniel YT Fong, Tai Pong Lam, Peter WH Lee, Josephine WS Wong, Billy CF Chiu and Kit TY Chan
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:129
  44. Most guidelines concentrate on investigations, treatment, and monitoring instead of patient history and clinical examination. We developed a guideline that dealt with the different aetiologies of chest pain by...

    Authors: Lena Kramer, Nagela Rabanizada, Jörg Haasenritter, Stefan Bösner, Erika Baum and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:128
  45. Several systematic reviews have summarized the evidence for specific treatments of primary care patients suffering from depression. However, it is not possible to answer the question how the available treatmen...

    Authors: Klaus Linde, Isabelle Schumann, Karin Meissner, Susanne Jamil, Levente Kriston, Gerta Rücker, Gerd Antes and Antonius Schneider
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2011 12:127

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