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Open Access Systematic reviews in general practice: Applicability of the review “Mass media interventions for preventing smoking in young people” in the People’s Republic of China

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A major problem for Chinese primary health providers such as general practitioners has been the lack of a clear role within the entire health system, unlike in other countries where the general practitioner is rightly considered to be the cornerstone of the system and the gatekeeper to specialist services. In 2011 the national government of the People’s Republic of China issued a policy acknowledging the role of primary health and the general practitioner as a gatekeeper, with an inherent expectation of the provision of quality services. For the most part, this means that evidence-based practice will be increasingly relied on to supplement existing polices, practices, and prescribed care plans currently in use within many community health centers. This article explores the concept of hierarchy of evidence for use by general practitioners by considering the applicability of the findings of the systematic review “Mass media interventions for preventing smoking in young people” published by the Cochrane Collaboration in the context of the health systems in the People’s Republic of China, and in particular, the contribution general practice may have in addressing this issue.

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Keywords: China; General practitioner; evidence based practice; hierarchy of evidence; systematic reviews

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2015

This article was made available online on November 2, 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "Systematic reviews in general practice: Applicability of the review “Mass media interventions for preventing smoking in young people” in the People’s Republic of China".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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