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  1. Screening and early diagnosis has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with certain conditions such as cervical cancer. The role of general practitioners in promoting primary prevention ...

    Authors: Emmanuel Ngwakongnwi, Brenda Hemmelgarn and Hude Quan
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:21
  2. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the UK. Five-year survival rates are less than 50%, largely because of late diagnosis. Screening using faecal occult blood tests (FOBt) can detect bow...

    Authors: Sarah Damery, Sue Clifford and Sue Wilson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:20
  3. Few studies have explored the women's experiences as a result of a partners' diagnosis of prostate cancer. This study begins to explore women's interactions with physicians (primary care and urologist) and the...

    Authors: Jennifer M Evertsen and Alan S Wolkenstein
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:19
  4. Though screening and intervention for alcohol and tobacco misuse are effective, primary care screening and intervention rates remain low. Previous studies have increased intervention rates using vital signs sc...

    Authors: J Paul Seale, Sylvia Shellenberger, Mary M Velasquez, John M Boltri, Ike Okosun, Monique Guyinn, Dan Vinson, Monica Cornelius and J Aaron Johnson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:18
  5. Patients with chronic pain frequently display comorbid depression, but the impact of this concurrence is often underestimated and mistreated. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of unrecogniz...

    Authors: Luis Agüera, Inmaculada Failde, Jorge A Cervilla, Paula Díaz-Fernández and Juan Antonio Mico
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:17
  6. NICE guidelines emphasise the role of the primary care team in the management of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalitis (CFS/ME). A key stage in effective management is making an accurate ...

    Authors: Carolyn Chew-Graham, Christopher Dowrick, Alison Wearden, Victoria Richardson and Sarah Peters
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:16
  7. The intuitive early diagnostic guess could play an important role in reaching a final diagnosis. However, no study to date has attempted to quantify the importance of general practitioners' (GPs) ability to co...

    Authors: François Verdon, Michel Junod, Lilli Herzig, Paul Vaucher, Bernard Burnand, Thomas Bischoff, Alain Pécoud and Bernard Favrat
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:14
  8. Abnormal results of diagnostic laboratory tests can be difficult to interpret when disease probability is very low. Although most physicians generally do not use Bayesian calculations to interpret abnormal res...

    Authors: Paul HH Houben, Trudy van der Weijden, Bjorn Winkens, Ron AG Winkens and Richard PTM Grol
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:13
  9. The Prescription Peer Academic Detailing (Rx-PAD) project is an educational intervention study aiming at improving GPs' competence in pharmacotherapy. GPs in CME peer groups were randomised to receive a tailor...

    Authors: Jan C Frich, Sigurd Høye, Morten Lindbæk and Jørund Straand
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:12
  10. There is a decline in the relative numbers of general practitioners in Germany. Earlier research showed that the professional relationship between general practitioners and specialists is overshadowed by confl...

    Authors: Iris Natanzon, Dominik Ose, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stephen Campbell, Marco Roos and Stefanie Joos
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:10
  11. We developed an instrument assessing the extent of smoking cessation activities by general practitioners (GPs) within the Cologne Smoking Study (CoSmoS). The objective of the present study was to examine furth...

    Authors: Julia Jung, Melanie Neumann, Markus Wirtz, Nicole Ernstmann, Andrea Staratschek-Jox, Jürgen Wolf and Holger Pfaff
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:9
  12. Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) has a prevalence similar to asthma and chronic back pain, but little is known about how general practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses manage women with this problem. A clearer under...

    Authors: Linda McGowan, Diane Escott, Karen Luker, Francis Creed and Carolyn Chew-Graham
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:7
  13. The aim of this study was to establish current practices amongst general practitioners in the West of Ireland with regard to the investigation, diagnosis and management of urinary tract infection (UTI) in chil...

    Authors: Kieran M Kennedy, Liam G Glynn and Brendan Dineen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:6
  14. Joint pain, specifically chronic knee pain (CKP), is a frequent cause of chronic pain and limitation of function and mobility among older adults. Multiple evidence-based guidelines recommend exercise as a firs...

    Authors: Elizabeth Cottrell, Edward Roddy and Nadine E Foster
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:4
  15. About 30-60% of individuals are non-adherent to their prescribed medications and this risk increases as the number of prescribed medications increases. This paper outlines the development of a consumer-centred Me

    Authors: Allison F Williams, Elizabeth Manias and Rowan G Walker
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:3
  16. Although dizziness in elderly patients is very common in family practice, most prevalence studies on dizziness are community-based and include a study population that is not representative of family practice. ...

    Authors: Otto R Maarsingh, Jacquelien Dros, François G Schellevis, Henk C van Weert, Patrick J Bindels and Henriette E van der Horst
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2010 11:2
  17. People with intellectual disability (ID) expressed dissatisfaction with doctor-patient communication and mentioned certain preferences for this communication (our research). Since many people with ID in the Ne...

    Authors: Magda Wullink, Wemke Veldhuijzen, Henny MJ van Schrojenstein Lantman - de Valk, Job FM Metsemakers and Geert-Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:82
  18. Fax referral services that connect smokers to state quitlines have been implemented in 49 U.S. states and territories and promoted as a simple solution to improving smoker assistance in medical practice. This ...

    Authors: Jennifer Cantrell and Donna Shelley
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:81
  19. Many physicians have medical experience in developing countries early in their career, but its association with their medical performance later is not known. To explore possible associations we compared primar...

    Authors: Pieter van den Hombergh, Niek J de Wit and Frank AM van Balen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:80
  20. Chest pain is a common complaint and reason for consultation in primary care. Research related to gender differences in regard to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) has been mainly conducted in hospital but not in p...

    Authors: Stefan Bösner, Jörg Haasenritter, Maren A Hani, Heidi Keller, Andreas C Sönnichsen, Konstantinos Karatolios, Juergen R Schaefer, Erika Baum and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:79
  21. The management of hypertension is a key challenge in modern health systems. This study aimed to investigate hypertension treatment strategies among physicians specialized in complementary and alternative medic...

    Authors: Elke Jeschke, Thomas Ostermann, Horst C Vollmar, Matthias Kröz, Angelina Bockelbrink, Claudia M Witt, Stefan N Willich and Harald Matthes
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:78
  22. Pre-eclampsia is associated with an increased risk of development of cardiovascular disease later in life. It is not known how general practitioners in the Netherlands care for these women after delivery with ...

    Authors: Marie-Elise Nijdam, Monique R Timmerman, Arie Franx, Hein W Bruinse, Mattijs E Numans, Diederick E Grobbee and Michiel L Bots
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:77
  23. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a major public health challenge. General practitioners (GPs) could play a key role in its recognition. However, it often remains undiagnosed in primary care. This study assesses ho...

    Authors: Eeva-Eerika Helminen, Pekka Mäntyselkä, Irma Nykänen and Esko Kumpusalo
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:76
  24. Lack of time and competing demands limit the ability of patients and providers to engage in informed decision-making discussions about prostate cancer screening during primary care visits. We evaluated a patie...

    Authors: Thomas D Denberg, Manisha Bhide, Alyssa Soenksen, Trina Mizrahi, Laura Shields and Chen-Tan Lin
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:75
  25. Physicians' heavy workload is often thought to jeopardise the quality of care and to be a barrier to improving quality. The relationship between these has, however, rarely been investigated. In this study qual...

    Authors: Michael J van den Berg, Dinny H de Bakker, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Gert P Westert, Jozé CC Braspenning, Jouke van der Zee and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:74
  26. A new intervention aimed at managing patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) based on a specific set of communication techniques was developed, and tested in a cluster randomised clinical trial. Due...

    Authors: José M Aiarzaguena, Idoia Gaminde, Gonzalo Grandes, Agustín Salazar, Itziar Alonso and Álvaro Sánchez
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:73
  27. Information technology (IT) is increasingly being used in general practice to manage health care including type 2 diabetes. However, there is conflicting evidence about whether IT improves diabetes outcomes. T...

    Authors: Beth M Costa, Kristine J Fitzgerald, Kay M Jones and Trisha Dunning AM
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:72
  28. Efficacy research has shown that intensive individual lifestyle intervention lowers the risk for developing type 2 diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome. Translational research is needed to test real-wo...

    Authors: Jun Ma, Abby C King, Sandra R Wilson, Lan Xiao and Randall S Stafford
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:71
  29. Previous studies indicate that clinical guidelines using combined risk evaluation for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) may overestimate risk. The aim of this study was to model and discuss implementation of the c...

    Authors: Halfdan Petursson, Linn Getz, Johann A Sigurdsson and Irene Hetlevik
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:70
  30. Drug formularies have been created by third party payers to control prescription drug usage and manage costs. Physicians try to provide the best care for their patients. This research examines family physician...

    Authors: L Suzanne Suggs, Parminder Raina, Amiram Gafni, Susan Grant, Kevin Skilton, Aimei Fan and Karen Szala-Meneok
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:69
  31. Persistent presentation of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) is troublesome for general practitioners (GPs) and causes pressure on the doctor-patient relationship. As a consequence, GPs face the problem of ...

    Authors: Tim C olde Hartman, Lieke J Hassink-Franke, Peter L Lucassen, Karel P van Spaendonck and Chris van Weel
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:68
  32. High utilising primary care patients with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) often frustrate their primary care providers. Studies that elucidate the attitudes of these patients may help to increase understa...

    Authors: Francesca C Dwamena, Judith S Lyles, Richard M Frankel and Robert C Smith
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:67
  33. General practitioners sometimes base clinical decisions on gut feelings alone, even though there is little evidence of their diagnostic and prognostic value in daily practice. Research to validate the determin...

    Authors: Erik Stolper, Paul Van Royen, Margje Van de Wiel, Marloes Van Bokhoven, Paul Houben, Trudy Van der Weijden and Geert Jan Dinant
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:66
  34. Evidence-based medicine has broadened its scope and is starting to reach insurance medicine. Although still in its initial stages, physicians in the area of insurance medicine should keep up-to-date with the e...

    Authors: Annemie Heselmans, Peter Donceel, Bert Aertgeerts, Stijn Van de Velde and Dirk Ramaekers
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:64
  35. The pathophysiology of upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms is still poorly understood. Psychological symptoms were found to be more common in patients with functional gastrointestinal complaints, but it is de...

    Authors: Linda E Bröker, Gerard JB Hurenkamp, Gerben ter Riet, François G Schellevis, Hans G Grundmeijer and Henk C van Weert
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:63
  36. Hip and knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of pain and disability, which can be improved by exercise interventions. However, regular exercise is uncommon in this group because the low physical activity leve...

    Authors: Nefyn H Williams, Elvis Amoakwa, Kim Burton, Maggie Hendry, John Belcher, Ruth Lewis, Kerenza Hood, Jeremy Jones, Paul Bennett, Rhiannon T Edwards, Richard D Neal, Glynne Andrew and Clare Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:62
  37. Significant event analysis (SEA) is promoted as a team-based approach to enhancing patient safety through reflective learning. Evidence of SEA participation is required for appraisal and contractual purposes i...

    Authors: John McKay, Nick Bradley, Murray Lough and Paul Bowie
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:61
  38. General practitioners' (GPs') feelings of burnout or dissatisfaction may affect their patient care negatively, but it is unknown if these negative feelings also affect their mental health care. GPs' available ...

    Authors: Else M Zantinge, Peter FM Verhaak, Dinny H de Bakker, Klaas van der Meer and Jozien M Bensing
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:60
  39. With increasing rates of chronic disease associated with lifestyle behavioural risk factors, there is urgent need for intervention strategies in primary health care. Currently there is a gap in the knowledge o...

    Authors: Amanda J Ampt, Cheryl Amoroso, Mark F Harris, Suzanne H McKenzie, Vanessa K Rose and Jane R Taggart
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:59
  40. Depressive and anxiety disorders often go unrecognized in distressed primary care patients, despite the overtly psychosocial nature of their demand for help. This is especially problematic in more severe disor...

    Authors: Berend Terluin, Evelien PM Brouwers, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Peter FM Verhaak and Henriëtte E van der Horst
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:58
  41. The UK National GP Patient Survey is one of the largest ever survey programmes of patients registered to receive primary health care, inviting five million respondents to report their experience of NHS primary...

    Authors: John Campbell, Patten Smith, Sonja Nissen, Peter Bower, Marc Elliott and Martin Roland
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:57
  42. In family practice depression is a common mental health problem and one with marked gender differences; women are diagnosed as depressed twice as often as men. A more comprehensive explanatory model of depress...

    Authors: Ulla Danielsson, Carita Bengs, Arja Lehti, Anne Hammarström and Eva E Johansson
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:56
  43. Prompt diagnosis of an acute coronary syndrome is very important and urgent referral to a hospital is imperative because fast treatment can be life-saving and increase the patient's life expectancy and quality...

    Authors: Rudi Bruyninckx, Ann Van den Bruel, Karin Hannes, Frank Buntinx and Bert Aertgeerts
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:55
  44. Pain and depression are known to be associated in later life, and both have a negative effect on physical performance both separately and in combination. The nature of the relationships between pain intensity ...

    Authors: Steve Iliffe, Kalpa Kharicha, Claudia Carmaciu, Danielle Harari, Cameron Swift, Gerhard Gillman and Andreas E Stuck
    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2009 10:54

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