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  1. Although the BTS-SIGN asthma guideline is one of the most well known and widely respected guidelines in the world, implementation in UK primary care remains patchy. Building on extensive earlier descriptive wo...

    Authors: Sharon Wiener-Ogilvie, Guro Huby, Hilary Pinnock, John Gillies and Aziz Sheikh
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:32
  2. The Biopsychosocial Model aims to integrate the biological, psychological and social components of illness, but integration is difficult in practice, particularly when patients consult with medically unexplain...

    Authors: Nefyn Williams, Clare Wilkinson, Nigel Stott and David B Menkes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:30
  3. The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) has contributed to detecting cognitive impairment, yet few studies have evaluated its accuracy when used by general practitioners (GP) in an actual public-health setting.

    Authors: Patrizio Pezzotti, Silvia Scalmana, Antonio Mastromattei and Domenico Di Lallo
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:29
  4. Tobacco dependence management is a multi-component intervention that includes pharmacological treatments such as Nicotine Substitution Therapy (NST) or bupropion, and psychological therapy. There are some prel...

    Authors: Javier García Campayo, Natalia Sobradiel, Marta Alda, Adoración Mas, Eva Andrés, Rosa Magallón, Arantxa Crucelaegui and Beatriz Sanz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:28
  5. Patients with psychosocial problems may benefit from a variety of community, educational, recreational and voluntary sector resources, but GPs often under-refer to these through lack of knowledge and time. Thi...

    Authors: Justin Grayer, John Cape, Lisa Orpwood, Judy Leibowitz and Marta Buszewicz
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:27
  6. There is still debate as to which features, types or components of primary care interventions are associated with improved depression outcomes. Previous reviews have focused on components of collaborative care...

    Authors: Helen Christensen, Kathleen M Griffiths, Amelia Gulliver, Dannielle Clack, Marjan Kljakovic and Leanne Wells
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:25
  7. We were unable to identify studies that have considered the diffusion of an e-learning programme among a large population of general practitioners. The aim of this study was to investigate the uptake of an e-l...

    Authors: Frans Boch Waldorff, Annette Plesner Steenstrup, Bente Nielsen, Jens Rubak and Flemming Bro
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:24
  8. Respiratory tract infections in children result in more primary care consultations than any other acute condition, and are the most common reason for prescribing antibiotics (which are largely unnecessary). Ab...

    Authors: Nick A Francis, Kerenza Hood, Sharon Simpson, Fiona Wood, Jacqueline Nuttall and Christopher C Butler
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:23
  9. A cluster randomised trial was conducted to determine the effectiveness of locally adapted practice guidelines and education about paediatric asthma management, delivered to general practitioners (GPs) in smal...

    Authors: Siaw-Teng Liaw, Nabil D Sulaiman, Christopher A Barton, Patty Chondros, Claire A Harris, Susan Sawyer and Shyamali C Dharmage
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:22
  10. General practitioners (GPs) or researchers sometimes need to identify frequent attenders (FAs) in order to screen them for unidentified problems and to test specific interventions. We wanted to assess differen...

    Authors: Frans TM Smits, Jacob J Mohrs, Ellen E Beem, Patrick JE Bindels and Henk CPM van Weert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:21
  11. Although some interventions have been shown to improve adherence to medication for diabetes, results are not consistent. We have developed a theory-based intervention which we will evaluate in a well character...

    Authors: Andrew J Farmer, A Toby Prevost, Wendy Hardeman, Anthea Craven, Stephen Sutton, Simon J Griffin and Ann-Louise Kinmonth
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:20
  12. Migraine is considered to have a negative influence on sex life. The present study was to analyse the perceptions of importance of and satisfaction with sex life as well as the expression of interest in sex am...

    Authors: Markku PT Sumanen, Ansa Ojanlatva, Anna Rantala, Lauri H Sillanmäki and Kari J Mattila
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:19
  13. Referral of patients to smoking cessation telephone counseling (i.e., quitline) is an underutilized resource by primary care physicians. Previously, we conducted a randomized trial to determine the effectivene...

    Authors: Jodi Summers Holtrop, Rebecca Malouin, David Weismantel and William C Wadland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:18
  14. A survey of Western Australia's general practitioners' (GPs') knowledge and practices relating to genital chlamydia infection was conducted in mid-2005, prior to a multi-media campaign which encouraged 15–24 y...

    Authors: Meredith J Temple-Smith, Donna Mak, Jan Watson, Lisa Bastian, Anthony Smith and Marian Pitts
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:17
  15. GPs often lack time to provide intensive cessation advice for patients who smoke. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of opportunistic referral of smokers by their GP for telephone cessation counse...

    Authors: Jane M Young, Seham Girgis, Tracey A Bruce, Melissa Hobbs and Jeanette E Ward
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:16
  16. Colorectal cancer screening rates are low among disadvantaged patients; few studies have explored barriers to screening in community health centers. The purpose of this study was to describe barriers to/facili...

    Authors: Karen E Lasser, John Z Ayanian, Robert H Fletcher and Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2008 9:15
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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

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