- 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
Over a third of women presenting with urinary tract infection symptoms are happy to delay antibiotic treatment when asked by their GP; the majority of these patients show an improvement in symptoms without further treatment
Young adults are less likely to consult a GP or express suicidal ideas during a consultation before attempting suicide than older adults, highlighting the difficulty faced in identifying young people at risk
Nurses can resolve a high proportion of same day consultations through use of a management algorithm for treating common minor illnesses, suggesting this is a sustainable way to reduce the burden on primary care doctors
Guidelines for treating chronic conditions like diabetes are followed in the majority of cases, but adherence could still be increased by improving doctors knowledge and patients awareness of these guidelines
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
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BMC Family Practice 2013, 14:82
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