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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The objective of this study was to estimate the (selective) proportion of patients consulting their GP for an episode of gastroenteritis for whom laboratory tests were requested. In addition adherence of GPs t...

    Authors: Winette E van den Brandhof, Aad IM Bartelds, Marion PG Koopmans and Yvonne THP van Duynhoven
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:56
  11. Almost all societies carry responsibility towards patients who require continuous medical care at home. In many health systems the general practitioner cooperates with community based services of home care and...

    Authors: Gustav Kamenski, Waltraud Fink, Manfred Maier, Ingrid Pichler and Sonja Zehetmayer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:55
  12. Double-blind randomised N-of-1 trials (N-of-1 trials) may help with decisions concerning treatment when there is doubt regarding the effectiveness and suitability of medication for individual patients. The pat...

    Authors: Anke CM Wegman, Daniëlle AWM van der Windt, Wim AB Stalman and Theo PGM de Vries
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:54
  13. The National Health Service Bowel Cancer Screening Programme is to be introduced in England during 2006. General Practitioners are a potentially important point of contact for participants throughout the scree...

    Authors: Chris Woodrow, Linda Rozmovits, Paul Hewitson, Peter Rose, Joan Austoker and Eila Watson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:53
  14. Sepsis or bacteraemia, however rare, is a significant cause of high mortality and serious complications in children. In previous studies skin disease or skin infections were reported as risk factor. We hypothe...

    Authors: Robbert SA Mohammedamin, Johannes C van der Wouden, Sander Koning, Sten P Willemsen, Roos MD Bernsen, François G Schellevis, Lisette WA van Suijlekom-Smit and Bart W Koes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:52
  15. Little is known about the impact of the recent varicella vaccine shortage. To assess the temporal trend in varicella vaccine administration before 18 and 24 months of age in a community cohort of children prio...

    Authors: Barbara P Yawn, Clayton Schroeder, Peter Wollan, Liliana Rocca, Rick Zimmerman and Barbara Bardenheier
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:51
  16. There are a wide variety of medications available for the treatment of hyperglycemia in diabetes, including some categories developed in recent years. The goals of this study were to describe the glycemic medi...

    Authors: Charles D MacLean, Benjamin Littenberg and Amanda G Kennedy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:50
  17. Family doctors have been ascribed a role in monitoring patients and their informal caregivers. Little is known about the factors that might alert physicians to changing circumstances or needs of the caregivers...

    Authors: Maida J Sewitch, Mark J Yaffe, Jane McCusker and Antonio Ciampi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:46
  18. The Diabetes Manual is a type 2 diabetes self-management programme based upon the clinically effective 'Heart Manual'. The 12 week programme is a complex intervention theoretically underpinned by self-efficacy...

    Authors: Jackie Sturt, Hilary Hearnshaw, Andrew Farmer, Jeremy Dale and Sandra Eldridge
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:45
  19. To determine the effectiveness of a single checklist reminder form to improve the delivery of preventive health services at adult health check-ups in a family practice setting.

    Authors: Vinita Dubey, Roy Mathew, Karl Iglar, Rahim Moineddin and Richard Glazier
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:44
  20. Whether the primary care physician's assessment of patient compliance is a valuable prognostic marker to identify patients who are at increased risk of death, or merely reflects measurement of various treatmen...

    Authors: Dietrich Rothenbacher, Gernot Rüter and Hermann Brenner
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:42
  21. To maximise the potential for reducing the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, preconception counselling (PCC) is used to inform couples contemplating pregnancy about general and personal risk factors. Many in...

    Authors: J Elsinga, KM van der Pal-de Bruin, S le Cessie, LC de Jong-Potjer, SP Verloove-Vanhorick and WJJ Assendelft
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:41
  22. To study the relation between the prescription rates of selected cardiovascular drugs (ACE-inhibitors and Angiotensin receptor blockers, beta-blockers, diuretics, and combinations), sociodemographic factors (a...

    Authors: Frans JM Bongers, François G Schellevis, Carel Bakx, Wil JHM van den Bosch and Jouke van der Zee
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:40
  23. The relationship between effective organisation of general practices and health improvement is widely accepted. The Maturity Matrix is an instrument designed to assess organisational development in general pra...

    Authors: Melody Rhydderch, Adrian Edwards, Martin Marshall, Glyn Elwyn and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:38
  24. It is widely believed that providing doctors with guidelines will lead to more effective clinical practice and better patient care. However, different studies have shown contradictory results in quality improv...

    Authors: Anneli Rätsep, Ruth Kalda, Ivika Oja and Margus Lember
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:36
  25. Ciclesonide is a new inhaled corticosteroids licensed for the prophylactic treatment of persistent asthma in adults. Currently beclomethasone dipropionate, budesonide and fluticasone propionate are the most co...

    Authors: Matthew J Dyer, David MG Halpin and Ken Stein
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:34
  26. Responding to acute illness symptoms can often be challenging for older adults. The primary objective of this study was to describe how community-dwelling older adults and their family members responded to sym...

    Authors: Caralyn Kelly, Paul Krueger, Lynne Lohfeld, Mark Loeb and H Gayle Edward
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:30
  27. To perform out-of-hours primary care, Dutch general practitioners (GPs) have organised themselves in large-scale GP cooperatives. Roughly, two models of out-of-hours care can be distinguished; GP cooperatives ...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Andre JHA Ament, Gemma BWE Voss, Geertjan Wesseling, Ron AG Winkens, Onno CP van Schayck and Harry FJM Crebolder
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:29
  28. To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of clinical signs and symptoms, C-reactive protein (CRP) and spirometric parameters and determine their interrelation in patients suspected to have an obstructive airway dis...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Geert-Jan Dinant, Inko Maag, Lutz Gantner, Joachim Franz Meyer and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:28
  29. Patients vary widely when making decisions to consult primary care. Some present frequently with trivial illness: others delay with serious disease. Differences in health service provision may play a part in t...

    Authors: Neil C Campbell, Lisa Iversen, Jane Farmer, Clare Guest and John MacDonald
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:26
  30. Problem gambling often goes undetected by family physicians but may be associated with stress-related medical problems as well as mental disorders and substance abuse. Family physicians are often first in line...

    Authors: Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Bruce Arroll, Ngaire Kerse, Sean Sullivan, Nicole Coupe, Samson Tse, Robin Shepherd, Fiona Rossen and Lana Perese
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:25
  31. Information on the incidence of serious infections in children in general practice is scarce. However, estimates on the incidence of disease are important for several reasons, for example to assess the burden ...

    Authors: Ann Van den Bruel, Stefaan Bartholomeeusen, Bert Aertgeerts, Carla Truyers and Frank Buntinx
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:23
  32. Encephalitis presenting as a change in mental status can be challenging to recognize in the primary care setting. However, early detection via a low threshold of suspicion can be useful, leading in turn to ear...

    Authors: Omar A Khan and Allan Ramsay
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:22
  33. Reading skills are important for accessing health information, using health care services, managing one's health and achieving desirable health outcomes. Our objective was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of ...

    Authors: Nancy S Morris, Charles D MacLean, Lisa D Chew and Benjamin Littenberg
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:21
  34. General practitioners (GPs) frequently order blood tests when they see patients presenting with unexplained complaints. Due to the low prevalence of serious pathology in general practice, the risk of false-pos...

    Authors: Marloes A van Bokhoven, Hèlen Koch, Trudy van der Weijden, Richard PTM Grol, Patrick JE Bindels and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:20
  35. The role of the general practitioner (GP) in cancer follow-up is poorly defined. We wanted to describe and analyse the role of the GP during initial follow-up of patients with recently treated cancer, from the...

    Authors: Tor Anvik, Knut A Holtedahl and Hege Mikalsen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:19

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