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  1. Personal continuity is a core value for family practice, but policy and performance targets emphasise other aspects of care, particularly waiting times for consultation. This study examined patient and general...

    Authors: Bruce Guthrie and Sally Wyke
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:11
  2. Somatisation is particularly challenging in multicultural contexts where patients and physicians often differ in terms of their illness-related beliefs and practices and health care expectations. This paper re...

    Authors: Noelle Junod Perron and Patricia Hudelson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:10
  3. Estimates of life expectancy assist physicians and patients in medical decision-making. The time-delayed benefits for many medical treatments make an older adult's life expectancy estimate particularly importa...

    Authors: Christine E Kistler, Carmen L Lewis, Halle R Amick, Debra L Bynum, Louise C Walter and Lea C Watson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:9
  4. In Greece where primary health care services are not fully developed, patients with simple or minor conditions have to attend to hospitals to be treated. We analysed the data of patients with cutaneous disorde...

    Authors: Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Konstantin Krasagakis, Ioannis D Komninos, Ioannis Kastrinakis, Ioannis Lyronis, Anastasios Philalithis and Androniki D Tosca
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:6
  5. Little is known about depressed patients' profiles and how they are managed. The aim of the study is to compare GPs and psychiatrists for 1°) sociodemographic and clinical profile of their patients considered ...

    Authors: Sophie Tardieu, Alain Bottero, Patrick Blin, Michael Bohbot, Sylvia Goni, Alain Gerard and Isabelle Gasquet
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:5
  6. Hypovitaminosis D is well known in different populations, but may be under diagnosed in certain populations. We aim to determine the first diagnosis considered, the duration and resolution of symptoms, and the...

    Authors: G de Torrenté de la Jara, A Pécoud and B Favrat
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:4
  7. The current study was conducted to evaluate the effects of overweight, hyperglycemia symptoms, Hispanic ethnicity, and language barriers on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among children and adolescents.

    Authors: Ahmed A Arif and James E Rohrer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:3
  8. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination rates among adults 65 years and older or less than 65 years with high risk medical conditions are still below Healthy People 2010 recommended levels of 90%. This study was ...

    Authors: Mary Patricia Nowalk, Richard K Zimmerman, Melissa Tabbarah, Mahlon Raymund and Ilene K Jewell
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2006 7:2
  9. In Switzerland, general practitioners (GPs) manage most of the patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).

    Authors: Anne Pelet, Jacques Besson, Alain Pécoud and Bernard Favrat
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:51
  10. This two-part study examines primary care clinicians' chart documentation and attitudes when confronted by a positive waiting room screen for intimate partner violence (IPV).

    Authors: Megan R Gerber, Karen S Leiter, Richard C Hermann and David H Bor
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:48
  11. Missed appointments are a common occurrence in primary care in the UK, yet little is known about the reasons for them, or the consequences of missing an appointment. This paper aims to determine the reasons fo...

    Authors: Richard D Neal, Mahvash Hussain-Gambles, Victoria L Allgar, Debbie A Lawlor and Owen Dempsey
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:47
  12. Many hazardous and harmful drinkers do not receive clinician advice to reduce their drinking. Previous studies suggest under-detection and clinician reluctance to intervene despite awareness of problem drinkin...

    Authors: J Paul Seale, Sylvia Shellenberger, John M Boltri, IS Okosun and Barbara Barton
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:46
  13. Many patients attempting or committing suicide consult their general practitioner (GP) in the preceding period, indicating that GPs might play an important role in prevention. The aim of the present study was ...

    Authors: Richard L Marquet, Aad IM Bartelds, Ad JFM Kerkhof, François G Schellevis and Jouke van der Zee
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:45
  14. There is a need for assistance from primary care mental health workers in general practice in the Netherlands. General practitioners (GPs) experience an overload of frequent attenders suffering from psychologi...

    Authors: B Schreuders, P van Oppen, HWJ van Marwijk, JH Smit and WAB Stalman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:42
  15. When health care reform was started in 1991, the physician workforce in Lithuania was dominated by specialists, and the specialty of family physician (FP) did not exist at all. During fifteen years of Lithuani...

    Authors: Liudvika Starkiene, Kastytis Smigelskas, Zilvinas Padaiga and Jack Reamy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:41
  16. Physicians and patients highly value continuity in health care. Continuity can be measured in several ways but few studies have examined the specific association between the duration of the patient-doctor rela...

    Authors: Katrina E Donahue, Evan Ashkin and Donald E Pathman
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:40
  17. The North American model of 'advanced access' has been emulated by the National Primary Care Collaborative in the UK as a way of improving patients' access in primary care. The aim of this study was to explore...

    Authors: Sanjiv Ahluwalia and Maxine Offredy
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:39
  18. Over the past years concerns are rising about the use of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) in health care. The calls for an increase in the practice of EBM, seem to be obstructed by many barriers preventing the im...

    Authors: Karin Hannes, Marcus Leys, Etienne Vermeire, Bert Aertgeerts, Frank Buntinx and Anne-Marie Depoorter
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:37
  19. Early diagnosis of serious infections in children is difficult in general practice, as incidence is low, patients present themselves at an early stage of the disease and diagnostic tools are limited to signs a...

    Authors: Ann Van den Bruel, Rudi Bruyninckx, Etienne Vermeire, Peter Aerssens, Bert Aertgeerts and Frank Buntinx
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:36
  20. Family physicians can play an important role in encouraging patients to participate in community-based health promotion initiatives designed to supplement and enhance their in-office care. Our objectives were ...

    Authors: Tina Karwalajtys, Janusz Kaczorowski, Larry W Chambers, Cheryl Levitt, Lisa Dolovich, Bea McDonough, Christopher Patterson and James E Williams
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:35
  21. Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI) are among the most frequent reasons for consultations in primary care. Although predominantly viral in origin, ARTI often lead to the prescription of antibiotics for a...

    Authors: Matthias Briel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Jim Young, Philipp Schuetz, Peter Huber, Pierre Périat, Heiner C Bucher and Beat Müller
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:34
  22. Disabling fatigue is the main illness related reason for prolonged absence from school. Although there are accepted criteria for diagnosing chronic fatigue in adults, it remains uncertain as to how best to def...

    Authors: Tom Fowler, Pamela Duthie, Anita Thapar and Anne Farmer
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:33
  23. Respiratory infections, like pneumonia, represent an important threat to the health of older Canadians. Our objective was to determine, at a community level, family and emergency room physicians' knowledge and...

    Authors: Paul Krueger, Mark Loeb, Caralyn Kelly and H Gayle Edward
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:32
  24. Head injuries are a common occurrence, with continuing care in the years following injury being provided by primary care teams and a variety of speciality services. The literature on outcome currently reflects...

    Authors: Paul Graham Morris, Lindsay Prior, Shoumitro Deb, Glyn Lewis, Wendy Mayle, Caroline E Burrow and Eleanor Bryant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:30
  25. Patients with low back pain are frequently encountered in primary care. Although a specific diagnosis cannot be made for most patients, it is likely that sub-groups exist within the larger entity of nonspecifi...

    Authors: Julie M Fritz, John D Childs and Timothy W Flynn
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:29
  26. Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) results vary by analytical method. Use of same-visit HbA1c testing methodology holds the promise of more efficient patient care, and improved diabetes management. Our objective was ...

    Authors: Kendra L Schwartz, Joseph C Monsur, Monina G Bartoces, Patricia A West and Anne Victoria Neale
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:28
  27. Over-prescribing of benzodiazepines appears common in many countries, a better understanding of prescribing practices and attitudes may help develop strategies to reduce prescribing. This study aimed to evalua...

    Authors: Manit Srisurapanont, Paul Garner, Julia Critchley and Nahathai Wongpakaran
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:27
  28. We do not yet know how to use blood glucose self-monitoring (BGSM) most effectively in the self-management of type 2 diabetes treated with oral medication. Training in monitoring may be most effective in impro...

    Authors: Andrew Farmer, Alisha Wade, David P French, Elizabeth Goyder, Ann Louise Kinmonth and Andrew Neil
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:25
  29. The role of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in the early detection of prostate cancer is controversial. Current UK policy stipulates that any man who wishes to have a PSA test should have access to the...

    Authors: Jo Brett, Eila Watson, Paul Hewitson, Colleen Bukach, Adrian Edwards, Glyn Elwyn and Joan Austoker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2005 6:24
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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

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