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Editor’s Choice

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The following articles have been selected by the Editor, Victoria Neale, to be made freely available to readers. We hope you enjoy this sample of the journal’s research.

Electronic mail communication between physicians and patients: a review of challenges and opportunities

Jumana Antoun

Substitution scenario in follow-up of chronic cancer patients in primary care: prevalence, disease duration and estimated extra consultation time

C van Dipten, T C Olde Hartman, M C J Biermans, and W J J Assendelft

Effect of nutrition care provided by primary health professionals on adults’ dietary behaviours: a systematic review

Lauren Ball, Michael Leveritt, Sarah Cass, and Wendy Chaboyer

Relevance to family practice of English-language guidelines on breast, colorectal and prostate cancer: a review

Anne Dahlhaus, Thomas Semlitsch, Klaus Jeitler, Karl Horvath,and Andrea Siebenhofer

Knee instability in patients with traumatic knee disorders: a cohort study in primary care

Pim A J Luijsterburg, Harry P A Wagemakers, Marlous Kastelein, Jan A N Verhaar, Ingrid M Koster, Edwin H G Oei, Bart W Koes, and Sita M A Bierma-Zeinstra

Effectiveness of home visiting in reducing partner violence for families experiencing abuse: a systematic review

Gert-Jan Prosman, Sylvie H Lo Fo Wong, Johannes C van der Wouden, and Antoine LM Lagro-Janssen

A comprehensive framework and key guideline recommendations for the provision of evidence-based breast cancer survivorship care within the primary care setting

Marian Luctkar-Flude, Alice Aiken, Mary Ann McColl, and Joan Tranmer

Effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression in primary care: a meta-analysis

Conal Twomey, Gary O’Reilly, and Michael Byrne

Strategies for discontinuation of proton pump inhibitors: a systematic review

Peter Haastrup, Maja S Paulsen, Luise M Begtrup, Jane M Hansen, and Dorte E Jarbøl

Organizational aspects of primary care related to avoidable hospitalization: a systematic review

Tessa van Loenen, Michael J van den Berg, Gert P Westert, and Marjan J Faber

Prodromal symptoms and early detection of Parkinson’s disease in general practice: a nested case-control study

Annette O A Plouvier, Renier J M G Hameleers, Eva A J van den Heuvel, Hans H Bor, Tim C Olde Hartman, Bastiaan R Bloem, Chris van Weel, and Antoine L M Lagro-Janssen

Strategies for guideline implementation in primary care focusing on patients with cardiovascular disease: a systematic review

Susanne Unverzagt, Matthias Oemler, Kristin Braun, and Andreas Klement

Epidemiology of molluscum contagiosum in children: a systematic review

Jonathan R Olsen, John Gallacher, Vincent Piguet, and Nick A Francis

Effect of magnesium therapy on nocturnal leg cramps: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials with meta-analysis using simulations

Paul Sebo, Bernard Cerutti, and Dagmar M Haller

Prevalence of chronic diseases at the onset of inflammatory arthritis: a population-based study

Jennie Ursum, Joke C Korevaar, Jos W R Twisk, Mike J L Peters, François G Schellevis, Micheal T Nurmohamed, and Mark M J Nielen

Low-glycaemic index diets in the management of blood lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Patrick Fleming and Marshall Godwin

Effects of improved patient participation in primary care on health-related outcomes: a systematic review

Ariëtte R J Sanders, Inge van Weeghel, Maartje Vogelaar, William Verheul, Ron H M Pieters, Niek J de Wit,
and Jozien M Bensing

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and chronic kidney disease progression: a systematic review

Paul Nderitu, Lucy Doos, Peter W Jones, Simon J Davies, and Umesh T Kadam

Effectiveness of oseltamivir in adults: a meta-analysis of published and unpublished clinical trials

Mark H Ebell, Marlene Call, and JoAnna Shinholser

A randomized controlled trial of hospital-based case management in cancer care: a general practitioner

Christian N Wulff, Peter Vedsted and Jens Søndergaard

Is a targeted intensive intervention effective for improvements in hypertension control? A randomized controlled trial

Lene Ørskov Reuther, Maja Skov Paulsen, Morten Andersen, Peter Schultz-Larsen, Hanne Rolighed Christensen, Anders Munck, Pia Veldt Larsen, Jens Damsgaard, Lars Poulsen, Dorte Gilså Hansen, Bo Christensen, and Jens Søndergaard

Socio-economic status influences blood pressure control despite equal access to care

M S Paulsen, M Andersen, A P Munck, P V Larsen, D G Hansen, I A Jacobsen, M L Larsen, B Christensen, and J Sondergaard

A randomized trial on the effects of regular water intake in patients with recurrent headaches

Mark Spigt, Nico Weerkamp, Jaap Troost, Constant P van Schayck, and J André Knottnerus

Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials evaluating primary care-based interventions to promote breastfeeding in low-income women

Gladys Ibanez, Cyrille de Reynal de Saint Michel, Mady Denantes, Marie-Josèphe Saurel-Cubizolles, Virginie Ringa, and Anne-Marie Magnier

Clinicians’ attitudes to depression in Europe: a pooled analysis of Depression Attitude Questionnaire findings

M Haddad, M Menchetti, P Walters, J Norton, A Tylee, and A Mann

Routinely recorded patient safety events in primary care: a literature review

Carmen Tsang, Azeem Majeed, and Paul Aylin

Gynaecological symptoms reported by young women: examining the potential for earlier diagnosis of cervical cancer

Sally Stapley and William Hamilton

The importance of cardiovascular disease for mortality in patients with COPD: a prognostic cohort study

Jing Zhang, Frans H Rutten, Maarten J Cramer, Jan W Lammers, Nicolaas P Zuithoff, and Arno W Hoes

Subacromial corticosteroid injection or acupuncture with home exercises when treating patients with subacromial impingement in primary care—a randomized clinical trial

Kajsa Johansson, Anna Bergström, Karin Schröder, and Mats Foldevi

The effect of supplemental vitamins and minerals on the development of prostate cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Julie Stratton and Marshall Godwin

Heart failure in the family practice: a study of the prevalence and co-morbidity

Montserrat Carmona, Luis M García-Olmos, Angel Alberquilla, Adolfo Muñoz, Pilar García-Sagredo, Roberto Somolinos, Mario Pascual-Carrasco, Carlos H Salvador, and José L Monteagudo

Family intervention to control type 2 diabetes: a controlled clinical trial

Diego García-Huidobro, Marcela Bittner, Paulina Brahm, and Klaus Puschel

Psychosocial risk factors for chronic low back pain in primary care--a systematic review

Aline Ramond, Celine Bouton, Isabelle Richard, Yves Roquelaure, Christophe Baufreton, Erick Legrand, and Jean-Francois Huez

The effect of a patient education booklet and BP ‘tracker’ on knowledge about hypertension. A randomized controlled trial

Martin G Dawes, Janusz Kaczorowski, Graham Swanson, John Hickey, and Tina Karwalajtys

Identification of patients with asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction: ‘real practice’ results in primary care

Gaetano D'Ambrosio, Alessandro Filippi, Raffaele Labriola, Maria S Padula, and Claudio Cricelli

Frequent attendance of primary care out-of-hours services in The Netherlands: characteristics of patients and presented morbidity

Dianne den Boer-Wolters, Mirjam J Knol, Kien Smulders, and Niek J de Wit

Young people and their GP: a register-based study of 1717 Norwegian GPs

Øystein Hetlevik, Kjell Haug, and Sturla Gjesdal