- Attila Altiner, Rostock University
- Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, University of Marburg
- Christos Lionis, University of Crete
- Brian McKinstry, Edinburgh University
- Peter Verhaak, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research
- Michael Von Korff, Group Health Research Institute
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
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Patients in New Zealand are pleased with the quality of care they receive from general practice nurses, but are still uncertain about what tasks such nurses are qualified to perform
A short general practice based elective significantly increases medical students opinion of family medicine as a future career option, suggesting this could be a way to increase recruitment to the field
Recent immigrants to Canada report similar access to primary healthcare but poorer health than the Canadian-born population and utilise primary care services more, indicating that once they have made contact with the primary care system they experience equivalent access
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BMC Family Practice 2013, 14:58
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