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  1. 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
  2. The growing popularity of CAM among the public is coupled with an ongoing debate on its effectiveness, safety, and its implications on the reimbursement system. This issue is critically important for GPs, who ...

    Authors: Massimo Giannelli, Marina Cuttini, Monica Da Frè and Eva Buiatti
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:30
  3. 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
  4. The speed of diagnosis impacts on prognosis and survival in all types of cancer. In most cases survival and prognosis are significantly worse in rural and remote Australian populations who have less access to ...

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Georgia Halkett, Samar Aoun, Hayley Arnet, Marthe Smith, Megan Pilkington and Cheryl McMullen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:27
  5. Inequality in health and health care services is an important policy issue internationally as well as in the UK, and is closely linked to socio-economic deprivation, which in Scotland is concentrated in and ar...

    Authors: Stewart W Mercer, Peter G Cawston and Annemieke P Bikker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:22
  6. This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of an interview instrument to assess provider-reported quality of general practice care for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and...

    Authors: Judith Proudfoot, Upali W Jayasinghe, Fernando Infante, Justin Beilby, Cheryl Amoroso, Gawaine Powell Davies, Jane Grimm, Christine Holton, Tanya Bubner and Mark Harris
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:21
  7. The PEACH study is based on an innovative 'telephone coaching' program that has been used effectively in a post cardiac event trial. This intervention will be tested in a General Practice setting in a pragmati...

    Authors: Doris Young, John Furler, Margarite Vale, Christine Walker, Leonie Segal, Patricia Dunning, James Best, Irene Blackberry, Ralph Audehm, Nabil Sulaiman, James Dunbar and Patty Chondros
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:20
  8. General practitioners and other primary health care professionals are often the first point of contact for patients requiring health care. Identifying, understanding and linking current evidence to best practi...

    Authors: Karin Ried, Elizabeth A Farmer and Kathryn M Weston
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:19
  9. CHD is a chronic disease often present years prior to incident AMI. Earlier recognition of CHD may be associated with higher levels of recognition and treatment of CHD risk factors that may delay incident AMI....

    Authors: Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Roy A Yawn, Steven J Jacobsen and Veronique Roger
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:18
  10. An estimated one-half of Americans have limited health literacy skills. Low literacy has been associated with less receipt of preventive services, but its impact on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is unclear...

    Authors: David P Miller Jr, Caroline D Brownlee, Thomas P McCoy and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:16
  11. Most antibiotic prescriptions for acute cough due to lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) in primary care are not warranted. Diagnostic uncertainty and patient expectations and worries are major drivers o...

    Authors: Jochen WL Cals, Rogier M Hopstaken, Christopher C Butler, Kerenza Hood, Johan L Severens and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:15
  12. The education and activation program (EAP) is a newly developed intervention to prevent the development of chronic shoulder complaints (SCs). Trained general practitioners (GPs) administer the EAP. The EAP add...

    Authors: Camiel De Bruijn, Rob de Bie, Jacques Geraets, Marielle Goossens, Albère Köke, Wim van den Heuvel and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:13
  13. The aim of this study was to assess the impact that Academic Detailing (AD) had on General Practitioners' use of diagnostic imaging for shoulder complaints in general practice and their knowledge and confidenc...

    Authors: Norm A Broadhurst, Christopher A Barton, Debra Rowett, Lisa Yelland, David K Martin, Angela Gialamas and Justin J Beilby
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:12
  14. Shared decision-making has been advocated; however there are relatively few studies on physician preferences for, and experiences of, different styles of clinical decision-making as most research has focused o...

    Authors: Elizabeth Murray, Lance Pollack, Martha White and Bernard Lo
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:10
  15. Optimal clinical management of childhood urinary tract infections (UTI) potentiates long-term positive health effects. Insight into the quality of care in Dutch family practices for UTIs was limited, particula...

    Authors: Mirjam Harmsen, Michel Wensing, Jozé CC Braspenning, René J Wolters, Johannes C van der Wouden and Richard PTM Grol
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:9
  16. The definition of primary care varies between countries. Swedish primary care has developed from a philosophic viewpoint based on quality, accessibility, continuity, co-operation and a holistic view. The meani...

    Authors: Eva Lena Strandberg, Ingvar Ovhed, Lars Borgquist and Susan Wilhelmsson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:8
  17. In most states, mental illness costs are an increasing share of Medicaid expenditures. Specialized depression care managers (CM) have consistently demonstrated improvements in patient outcomes relative to usua...

    Authors: Suzanne E Landis, Bradley N Gaynes, Joseph P Morrissey, Nina Vinson, Alan R Ellis and Marisa E Domino
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:7
  18. Warfarin is used for the prevention of stroke in chronic atrial fibrillation. The product has a narrow therapeutic index and to obtain treatment success, patients must be maintained within a given therapeutic ...

    Authors: Ingela Björholt, Stina Andersson, Gunnar H Nilsson and Ingvar Krakau
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:6
  19. The reasons why patients decide to consult a general practitioner vary enormously. While there may be individual reasons for this variation, the family context has a significant and unique influence upon the f...

    Authors: Mieke Cardol, Liset van Dijk, Wil JHM van den Bosch, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Dinny H de Bakker and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:4
  20. Many drug users present to primary care requesting detoxification from illicit opiates. There are a number of detoxification agents but no recommended drug of choice. The purpose of this study is to compare bu...

    Authors: Nat MJ Wright, Laura Sheard, Charlotte NE Tompkins, Clive E Adams, Victoria L Allgar and Nicola S Oldham
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:3
  21. Depression guidelines in the UK recommended a policy of watchful waiting for mild depression due to a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of antidepressant treatment for mild cases. However there has been r...

    Authors: Judy Chatwin and Tony Kendrick
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2007 8:2
  22. General practitioners often take their impression of patients' expectations into account in their decision to have blood tests done. It is commonly recommended to involve patients in decision-making during con...

    Authors: Marloes A van Bokhoven, Marjolein CH Pleunis-van Empel, Hèlen Koch, Richard PTM Grol, Geert-Jan Dinant and Trudy van der Weijden
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:75
  23. Nowadays, nurses play a central role in telephone triage in Dutch out-of-hours primary care. The percentage of calls that is handled through nurse telephone advice alone (NTAA) appears to vary substantially be...

    Authors: Eric Peter Moll van Charante, Gerben ter Riet, Sara Drost, Loes van der Linden, Niek S Klazinga and Patrick JE Bindels
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:74
  24. A good patient-physician interaction is particularly important in chronic diseases like diabetes. There are so far no published data regarding the interaction between the primary health-care providers and pati...

    Authors: Nadia Abdulhadi, Mohammed Ali Al-Shafaee, Claes-Göran Östenson, Åsa Vernby and Rolf Wahlström
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:72
  25. The extra workload induced by patients with mental health problems may sometimes cause GPs to be reluctant to become involved in mental health care. It is known that dealing with patients' mental health proble...

    Authors: Else M Zantinge, Peter FM Verhaak, Dinny H de Bakker, Klaas van der Meer and Jozien M Bensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:71
  26. The objectives of this study were twofold (i) to develop the Diabetes Manual, a self-management educational intervention aimed at improving biomedical and psychosocial outcomes (ii) to produce early phase evid...

    Authors: Jackie Sturt, Hafrun Taylor, Andrea Docherty, Jeremy Dale and Taylor Louise
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:70
  27. To date, evidence-based recommendations help doctors to manage patients with heart failure (HF). However, the implementation of these recommendations in primary care is still problematic as beneficial drugs ar...

    Authors: Martin Scherer, Cordula Sobek, Dirk Wetzel, Janka Koschack and Michael M Kochen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:69
  28. The descriptive information now available for primary care in the UK is unique in international terms. Under the 'Quality and Outcomes Framework' (QOF), data for 147 performance indicators are available for ea...

    Authors: Mark Ashworth and David Armstrong
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:68
  29. Warfarin is used for the prevention and treatment of various thromboembolic complications. It is an efficacious anticoagulant, but it has a narrow therapeutic range, and regular monitoring is required to ensur...

    Authors: Stina Andersson, Ingela Björholt, Gunnar H Nilsson and Ingvar Krakau
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:67
  30. Preconception counselling (PCC) can reduce adverse pregnancy outcome by addressing risk factors prior to pregnancy. This study explores whether anxiety is induced in women either by the offer of PCC or by part...

    Authors: LC de Jong-Potjer, J Elsinga, S le Cessie, KM van der Pal-de Bruin, A Knuistingh Neven, SE Buitendijk and WJJ Assendelft
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:66
  31. Few patients with lower bowel symptoms who consult their general practitioner need a specialist opinion. However data from referred patients suggest that those who are referred would benefit from detailed asse...

    Authors: Moyez Jiwa, Paul Skinner, Akinoso Olujimi Coker, Lindsey Shaw, Michael J Campbell and Joanne Thompson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:65
  32. Interventions to change practice patterns among health care professionals have had mixed success. We tested the effectiveness of a practice centered intervention to increase screening for domestic violence in ...

    Authors: Denise E Bonds, Shellie D Ellis, Erin Weeks, Shana L Palla and Peter Lichstein
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:63
  33. Departing from the hypotheses that over the past decades patients have become more active participants and physicians have become more task-oriented, this study tries to identify shifts in GP and patient commu...

    Authors: Jozien M Bensing, Fred Tromp, Sandra van Dulmen, Atie van den Brink-Muinen, William Verheul and François G Schellevis
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:62
  34. Publication of results from the Women's Health Initiative study in July 2002 was a landmark event in biomedical science related to postmenopausal women. The purpose of this study was to describe the impact of ...

    Authors: Linda M French, Mindy A Smith, Jodi S Holtrop and Margaret Holmes-Rovner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:61
  35. The quality of health care and its costs have been a subject of considerable attention and lively discussion. Various methods have been introduced to measure, assess, and improve the quality of health care. Ma...

    Authors: Eva Lena Strandberg, Ingvar Ovhed, Anders Håkansson and Margareta Troein
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:60
  36. The quality of the relationship with the spouse/partner appears crucial among patients with multiple chronic conditions where illness management is complex and multifaceted. This study draws on data from the Q...

    Authors: Hassan Soubhi, Martin Fortin and Catherine Hudon
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:59
  37. In most European countries and North America the number of home visits carried out by GPs has been decreasing sharply. This has been influenced by non-medical factors such as mobility and pressures on time. Th...

    Authors: Michael J van den Berg, Mieke Cardol, Frans JM Bongers and Dinny H de Bakker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:58

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