Section Editors

  • Attila Altiner, Rostock University
  • Carolyn Chew-Graham, Keele University
  • Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, University of Marburg
  • Mark Harris, University of New South Wales
  • Christos Lionis, University of Crete
  • Brian McKinstry, Edinburgh University
  • Harm van Marwijk, VU University Medical Centre

Executive Editor

  • Elaine Zhang, BioMed Central


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    SMS-text message intervention improves adherence to hypertension treatments

    A qualitative study of hypertensive patients in South Africa sheds light not only on the effectiveness and practical utility of SMS-based adherence support, but also the potential impact of SMS-texts interventions embedded in a larger environment of adherence support coupled with tolerance for nonadherence.

    BMC Family Practice 2015, 16:80
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    Previous experiences and emotional baggage as barriers to lifestyle change

    A qualitative study of participants of lifestyle intervention programs in
    Norwegian Healthy Life Centers indicates that previous negative experiences with accompanied psychological distress can significantly hinder the ability to change.

    BMC Family Practice 2015, 16:73
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    Towards an international taxonomy of integrated primary care

    An international Delphi-consensus based study aims to refine the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care (RMIC) by developing a taxonomy to understand integrated service models that arise in a primary care setting.

    BMC Family Practice 2015, 16:64
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    Cultural influences on treatment of diabetes 

    A mixed methods study of British South Asian patients suggests that better understanding of the contextual determinants of behavior could facilitate development of appropriate interventions to modify diabetes-related illness beliefs and support self-management. 

    BMC Family Practice 2015, 16:58
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    Strategies to reduce workplace violence 

    A qualitative focus group study of the experience of nurses and physicians highlights the potential for the development of improved organizational strategies to protect emergency primary care personnel from workplace violence.

    BMC Family Practice 2015, 16:51



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