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  1. Imbalance in distribution of Health Care Workers (HCWs) in a country is a global challenge. Almost all of the rural and underdeveloped areas are struggling with the shortage of HCWs, especially physicians. The...

    Authors: Nasrin Mohammadiaghdam, Leila Doshmangir, Javad Babaie, Roghayeh Khabiri and Koen Ponnet

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:216

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Most patients with destructive bone lesions undergo a comprehensive diagnostic procedure to ensure that proper treatment decisions are pursued. For patients with multiple myeloma, this can lead to delays in di...

    Authors: Phichayut Phinyo, Titinat Maihom, Areerak Phanphaisarn, Pakorn Kerdsinchai, Ekarat Rattarittamrong, Jayanton Patumanond and Dumnoensun Pruksakorn

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:215

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Capacity-building of health professionals regarding to nutrition is a strategy for qualifying public health work to promote healthy diets in primary health care (PHC) services.

    Authors: C. R. Tramontt and P. C. Jaime

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:214

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Providing older persons with information about their health status may increase their involvement in their own health and enhance self-management. However, we need a better understanding of how older persons v...

    Authors: Sophie C. E. van Blijswijk, Lisa S. van Tol, Jeanet W. Blom, Wendy P. J. den Elzen and Jacobijn Gussekloo

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:213

    Content type: Research article

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  5. A Primary Care Model Programme was implemented in Hungary between 2013 and 2017 in order to increase access of disadvantaged population groups to primary care and to offer new preventive services for all clien...

    Authors: Cintia Katona, Éva Gutási, Magor Papp, Orsolya Varga and Karolina Kósa

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:212

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Female urinary incontinence is underdiagnosed and undertreated in primary care. There is little evidence on factors that determine whether women with urinary incontinence are referred to specialist services. T...

    Authors: Ipek Gurol-Urganci, Rebecca S. Geary, Jil B. Mamza, Masao Iwagami, Dina El-Hamamsy, Jonathan Duckett, Andrew Wilson, Douglas Tincello and Jan van der Meulen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:211

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Clinical guidelines are integral to a general practitioner’s decision to refer a paediatric patient to emergency care. The influence of non-clinical factors must also be considered. This review explores the no...

    Authors: Ciara Conlon, Emma Nicholson, Beatriz Rodríguez-Martin, Roisin O’Donovan, Aoife De Brún, Thérѐse McDonnell, Gerard Bury and Eilish McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:210

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The Family Practice Integrated Care Project (FPICP) is a team-based program in Taiwan initiated in 2003. This study investigates the influence of FPICP on the quality of diabetes care.

    Authors: Jerry Che-Jui Chang, Shinn-Jang Hwang, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Tai-Yuan Chiu, Hsiao-Yu Yang, Yu-Chun Chen, Cheng-Kuo Huang and Chyi-Feng Jan

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:209

    Content type: Research article

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  9. To analyse the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and the lockdown measures on the follow-up and control of chronic diseases in primary care.

    Authors: Ermengol Coma, Núria Mora, Leonardo Méndez, Mència Benítez, Eduardo Hermosilla, Mireia Fàbregas, Francesc Fina, Albert Mercadé, Souhel Flayeh, Carolina Guiriguet, Elisabet Balló, Nuria Martinez Leon, Ariadna Mas, Sílvia Cordomí, Yolanda Lejardi and Manuel Medina

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:208

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Patients continue to suffer from medically unexplained symptoms otherwise referred to as persistent physical symptoms (PPS). General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in the management of PPS and require fur...

    Authors: Meenal Patel, Kirsty James, Rona Moss-Morris, Mark Ashworth, Mujtaba Husain, Matthew Hotopf, Anthony S. David, Paul McCrone, Sabine Landau and Trudie Chalder

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:207

    Content type: Research article

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  11. New Zealand (NZ) has high rates of colorectal cancer but low rates of early diagnosis. Due to a lack of understanding of the pre-diagnostic experience from the patient’s perspective, it is necessary to investi...

    Authors: Tania Blackmore, Kimberley Norman, Jacquie Kidd, Shemana Cassim, Lynne Chepulis, Rawiri Keenan, Melissa Firth, Christopher Jackson, Tim Stokes, David Weller, Jon Emery and Ross Lawrenson

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:206

    Content type: Research article

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  12. A key component of the 2009 medical reform in China was the change to family doctor (FD) policy practice. However, this led to an increased workload for primary health-care workers (PHCWs) at community health ...

    Authors: Jiaoling Huang, Xin Gong, Qing Gu, Rui Liu, Jianwei Shi, Wenya Yu, Ping Zu, Xiaojun Ma, Jie Lin, Jin Sun, Yonghua Yang and Zhaoxin Wang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:205

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The average delay in diagnosis for patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is 7 to 10 years. Factors that contribute to this delay are multifactorial and include the lack of diagnostic criteria (although...

    Authors: Kate L. Lapane, Sara Khan, Divya Shridharmurthy, Ariel Beccia, Catherine Dubé, Esther Yi, Jonathan Kay and Shao-Hsien Liu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:204

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Continuing medical education (CME) is essential to developing and maintaining high quality primary care. Traditionally, CME is delivered face-to-face, but due to geographical distances, and pressure of work in...

    Authors: Md. Nazim Uzzaman, Tracy Jackson, Aftab Uddin, Neneh Rowa-Dewar, Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, G M Monsur Habib and Hilary Pinnock

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:203

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Integration of mental health services into primary health care systems has been advocated as a strategy to minimize the tremendous mental health treatment gap, particularly in low- and middle-income countries....

    Authors: N. P. Luitel, M. J. D. Jordans, P. Subba and I. H. Komproe

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:202

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Patient safety incidents defined as any unintended or unexpected incident that could have or were judged to have led to patient harm, are reported as relatively common. In this study patient complaints have be...

    Authors: Svein Zander Bratland, Valborg Baste, Knut Steen, Esperanza Diaz, Svein Gjelstad and Gunnar Tschudi Bondevik

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:201

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  17. Travel has become an integral part of Saudi life. People with diabetes face many challenges while travelling that can have detrimental effects on glycaemic control. However, no previous studies have investigat...

    Authors: Rabia Khalid Alduraibi, Turky H. Almigbal, Abdullah A. Alrasheed and Mohammed Ali Batais

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:200

    Content type: Research article

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  18. General practitioners (GPs) are advised to offer advance care planning (ACP) to people with dementia (PWD). In a randomized controlled trial, an educational intervention for GPs aimed at initiating and optimiz...

    Authors: Bram Tilburgs, Raymond Koopmans, Henk Schers, Carolien Smits, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Marieke Perry and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:199

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Transthyretin amyloidosis (also known as ATTR amyloidosis) is a systemic, life-threatening disease characterized by transthyretin (TTR) fibril deposition in organs and tissue. A definitive diagnosis of ATTR am...

    Authors: Morie Gertz, David Adams, Yukio Ando, João Melo Beirão, Sabahat Bokhari, Teresa Coelho, Raymond L. Comenzo, Thibaud Damy, Sharmila Dorbala, Brian M. Drachman, Marianna Fontana, Julian D. Gillmore, Martha Grogan, Philip N. Hawkins, Isabelle Lousada, Arnt V. Kristen…

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:198

    Content type: Guidelines

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  20. In rural areas of China, hypertension is on the rise and it is drawing the Chinese government’s attention. The health outcomes of hypertension management can be positively impacted by patient satisfaction with...

    Authors: Wenqin Chen, Yingchao Feng, Jiyuan Fang, Jin Wu, Xianhong Huang, Xiaohe Wang, Jian Wu and Meng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:196

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Suspicion of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is common and requires urgent and efficient investigation due to hazardous prognosis. The traditional diagnostic pathway can be complex and time-consuming, and innovativ...

    Authors: Charlotte W. Appel, Annette M. Balle, Mads M. Krintel, Axel Vittrup, Agnete H. Nielsen and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:195

    Content type: Research article

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  22. There is growing evidence for the use of social prescribing as a means to improve the mental health of patients. However, there are gaps in understanding the barriers and enablers faced by General Practitioner...

    Authors: Henry Aughterson, Louise Baxter and Daisy Fancourt

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:194

    Content type: Research article

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  23. From 2015 to 2016 Germany faced an influx of 1.16 million asylum seekers. In the state of Hamburg Primary Care walk-in clinics (PCWC) were commissioned at refugee camps because the high number of residents (57...

    Authors: Jan Hendrik Oltrogge, Ingmar Schäfer, Dana Schlichting, Martin Jahnke, Anja Rakebrandt, Susanne Pruskil, Hans-Otto Wagner, Dagmar Lühmann and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:193

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  24. Most schizophrenia patients are supported by main informal caregivers at home in China. This study aims to investigate the further needs of social supports for main informal caregivers of schizophrenia patient...

    Authors: Meirong Wang, Guanghui Jin, Yun Wei, Feiyue Wang, Zhaolu Pan, Lifen Chen and Xiaoqin Lu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:192

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Complete growth measurements are an essential part of pediatric care providing a proxy for a child’s overall health. This study describes the frequency of well-child visits, documented growth measurements, and...

    Authors: Leanne Kosowan, John Page, Jennifer Protudjer, Tyler Williamson, John Queenan and Alexander Singer

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:191

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Multimorbidity is of increasing prevalence and importance. It has been associated with poorer health-related quality of life (HrQoL) especially in the elderly population. Despite substantial multimorbidity in ...

    Authors: Sai Zhen Sim, Hui Li Koh, Sabrina Poay Sian Lee, Doris Yee Ling Young and Eng Sing Lee

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:190

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Some studies, mainly coming from the U.S., indicate disparities in heart failure (HF) treatment according to migration/ethnicity. However, respective results are inconsistent and cannot be transferred to other...

    Authors: Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Martin Scherer, Gabriella Marx and Sarah Koens

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:189

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Safety culture is still a poorly studied subject in primary care and home care, although these settings are considered gateways to access to healthcare. This study aims to evaluate safety culture in primary an...

    Authors: Letícia Martins Lousada, Francisco Clécio da Silva Dutra, Beatriz Viana da Silva, Natália Lúcia Lima de Oliveira, Ismael Brioso Bastos, Patrícia Freire de Vasconcelos and Rhanna Emanuela Fontenele Lima de Carvalho

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:188

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  29. General practitioners (GPs) regularly handle cases related to stress and work capacity, but often find this work difficult. However, using an assessment tool in a structured way can increase GPs’ awareness of ...

    Authors: Anna-Maria Hultén, Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff and Kristina Holmgren

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:187

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    The Study protocol to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1193

  30. Non-communicable diseases are the leading causes of death, largely due to the last century’s often-unhealthy lifestyles. Family medicine (FM) and other physicians can improve patients’ lifestyle behaviors, yet...

    Authors: Lilach Malatskey, Yael Bar Zeev, Rani Polak, Adva Tzuk-Onn and Erica Frank

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:186

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  31. The aim of this article is to explore preventive health dialogues in general practice in the context of a pilot study of a Danish primary preventive intervention ‘TOF’ (a Danish acronym for ‘Early Detection an...

    Authors: Marie Broholm-Jørgensen, Siff Monrad Langkilde, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen and Pia Vivian Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:185

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  32. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease commonly encountered in primary care. This study aimed to audit COPD care at primary care clinics of Hong Kong and to work out improve...

    Authors: X. R. Catherine Chen, S. H. Leung and Y. C. Li

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:184

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Collaborative care approaches between general practitioners (GPs) and pharmacists have received international recognition for medication optimization and deprescribing efforts. Although specialist providers ha...

    Authors: Navina Gerlach, Matthias Michiels-Corsten, Annika Viniol, Tanja Schleef, Ulrike Junius-Walker, Olaf Krause and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:183

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  34. Implementation of the new Enhanced Primary Health Care (EnPHC) intervention aims to improve service quality and experience at primary healthcare clinics; especially to newly diagnosed patients. This was achiev...

    Authors: Mohammad Zabri Johari, Zalilah Abdullah, Ainul Nadziha Mohd Hanafiah, Nur Izzati Mohammed Nadzri, Siti Aisyah Razli and Yuke Lin Kong

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:182

    Content type: Research article

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  35. In a society where ageing of the population and the increasing prevalence of long-term conditions are major issues, collaboration between primary and secondary care is essential to provide continuous, patient-...

    Authors: Marijn Janssen, Margaretha H. Sagasser, Cornelia R. M. G. Fluit, Willem J. J. Assendelft, Jacqueline de Graaf and Nynke D. Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:179

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  36. Following World Health Organization’s initiatives to advance primary care, China put forth forceful policies including the Personal Family Doctor Contract to ensure that every family sign up with a qualified d...

    Authors: Jianwei Shi, Hua Jin, Leiyu Shi, Chen Chen, Xuhua Ge, Yuan Lu, Hanzhi Zhang, Zhaoxin Wang and Dehua Yu

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:178

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  37. Acute otitis media (AOM) is a common and most often self-limiting infection in childhood, usually managed in general practice. Even though antibiotics are only recommended when certain diagnostic and clinical ...

    Authors: Jonas K. Olsen, Jesper Lykkegaard, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Frans B. Waldorff, Jørgen Lous and Merethe K. Andersen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:177

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Evidence-based psychological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are available in specialized settings, but adequate care in primary care is often lacking.

    Authors: Rebekka Gehringer, Antje Freytag, Markus Krause, Peter Schlattmann, Konrad Schmidt, Sven Schulz, Sophie Jana Zezulka, Florian Wolf, Jonas Grininger, Mathias Berger, Horst Christian Vollmar and Jochen Gensichen

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:176

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  39. Primary prevention guidelines recommend the use of the Framingham risk score (FRS) to estimate the 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) risk in patients without diabetes for statin eligibility. However, the FR...

    Authors: Saif Al-Shamsi

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:175

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Within the sphere of diabetes self-management, much emphasis has been placed on medication adherence. There has been a shift in thinking about medication adherence, moving from “compliance” and historically pa...

    Authors: Wichuda Jiraporncharoen, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Korsin Junjom, Nisachol Dejkriengkraikul, Anawat Wisetborisut, Iliatha Papachristou, Ahmar Hashmi and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:173

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  41. In the Netherlands, community-dwelling older people with primary care emergency problems contact the General Practitioner Cooperative (GPC) after hours. However, frailty remains an often unobserved hazard with...

    Authors: Anneke Bloemhoff, Yvonne Schoon, Kien Smulders, Reinier Akkermans, Lilian C. M. Vloet, Karin van den Berg and Sivera A. A. Berben

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:171

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  42. General Practitioners’ (GPs) readiness to implement screening and brief intervention (SBI) to treat patients with excessive alcohol consumption is low. Several studies identified crucial barriers such as insuf...

    Authors: Thomas Fankhaenel, Katrin Schulz, Lars-Eric Petersen, Andreas Klement and Thomas Frese

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:170

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  43. Obesity is one of the most common and relevant health problems in need of urgent action in Germany. General practitioners (GPs) are the initial contact and thus one of the most important starting points for th...

    Authors: Maria Schwenke, Melanie Luppa, Alexander Pabst, Franziska D. Welzel, Margrit Löbner, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:169

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  44. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and impacts psychosocial wellbeing negatively. Many do not seek medical attention and several barriers for healthcare seeking with ED exist. Little is known about the associ...

    Authors: Sanne Rasmussen, Kirubakaran Balasubramaniam, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, Jens Søndergaard and Peter Fentz Haastrup

    Citation: BMC Family Practice 2020 21:166

    Content type: Research article

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