Nicolas Zwar

Summary

Affiliation: University of New South Wales
Country: Australia

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Smoking cessation--what works?
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 37:10-4. 2008
  2. pmc Preventive evidence into practice (PEP) study: implementation of guidelines to prevent primary vascular disease in general practice protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Mark F Harris
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
    Implement Sci 8:8. 2013
  3. pmc A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial of early intervention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by practice nurse-general practitioner teams: Study Protocol
    Jeremy M Bunker
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    Implement Sci 7:83. 2012
  4. pmc Supporting Treatment decision making to Optimise the Prevention of STROKE in Atrial Fibrillation: the STOP STROKE in AF study. Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Melina Gattellari
    Ingham Institute, Liverpool, Australia
    Implement Sci 7:63. 2012
  5. pmc Healthcare improvement as planned system change or complex responsive processes? a longitudinal case study in general practice
    Barbara J Booth
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 14:51. 2013
  6. pmc Which providers can bridge the health literacy gap in lifestyle risk factor modification education: a systematic review and narrative synthesis
    Sarah Dennis
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 13:44. 2012
  7. pmc A systematic review of interventions in primary care to improve health literacy for chronic disease behavioral risk factors
    Jane Taggart
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 13:49. 2012
  8. ncbi request reprint Care of patients with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Nicholas A Zwar
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Med J Aust 197:394-8. 2012
  9. pmc Qualitative evaluation of a diabetes electronic decision support tool: views of users
    Qing Wan
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 12:61. 2012
  10. pmc Study protocol: the DESPATCH study: delivering stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation - a cluster randomised controlled trial in primary healthcare
    Melina Gattellari
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Implement Sci 6:48. 2011

Detail Information

Publications62

  1. ncbi request reprint Smoking cessation--what works?
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 37:10-4. 2008
    ..Prevalence of tobacco smoking in the Australian community has fallen. However, tobacco smoking remains a major cause of illness and death. General practitioners play an important role in assisting their patients to quit smoking...
  2. pmc Preventive evidence into practice (PEP) study: implementation of guidelines to prevent primary vascular disease in general practice protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Mark F Harris
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia
    Implement Sci 8:8. 2013
    ....
  3. pmc A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial of early intervention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by practice nurse-general practitioner teams: Study Protocol
    Jeremy M Bunker
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    Implement Sci 7:83. 2012
    ..General practice is moving towards more structured chronic disease management, and the increasing involvement of practice nurses in delivering chronic care...
  4. pmc Supporting Treatment decision making to Optimise the Prevention of STROKE in Atrial Fibrillation: the STOP STROKE in AF study. Protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Melina Gattellari
    Ingham Institute, Liverpool, Australia
    Implement Sci 7:63. 2012
    ..Suboptimal uptake of anticoagulation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation has persisted for over 20 years, despite high-level evidence demonstrating its effectiveness in reducing the risk of fatal and disabling stroke...
  5. pmc Healthcare improvement as planned system change or complex responsive processes? a longitudinal case study in general practice
    Barbara J Booth
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 14:51. 2013
    ..This study seeks to explore this dilemma in general practice by challenging the current way of thinking about healthcare improvement and asking what can be learned by looking at change through a complexity lens...
  6. pmc Which providers can bridge the health literacy gap in lifestyle risk factor modification education: a systematic review and narrative synthesis
    Sarah Dennis
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 13:44. 2012
    ..The aim of this narrative synthesis is to determine the effectiveness of primary healthcare providers in developing health literacy of patients to make SNAPW (smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and weight) lifestyle changes...
  7. pmc A systematic review of interventions in primary care to improve health literacy for chronic disease behavioral risk factors
    Jane Taggart
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 13:49. 2012
    ..To evaluate the effectiveness of interventions used in primary care to improve health literacy for change in smoking, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and weight (SNAPW)...
  8. ncbi request reprint Care of patients with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a cluster randomised controlled trial
    Nicholas A Zwar
    University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Med J Aust 197:394-8. 2012
    ..Design, setting and participants: Cluster randomised controlled trial with blinded outcome assessment of 44 general practices in south-western Sydney comprising 451 people with a diagnosis of COPD, conducted between 2006 and 2009...
  9. pmc Qualitative evaluation of a diabetes electronic decision support tool: views of users
    Qing Wan
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 12:61. 2012
    ....
  10. pmc Study protocol: the DESPATCH study: delivering stroke prevention for patients with atrial fibrillation - a cluster randomised controlled trial in primary healthcare
    Melina Gattellari
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Implement Sci 6:48. 2011
    ..Despite this evidence, anticoagulation is substantially underused, resulting in avoidable fatal and disabling strokes...
  11. pmc Development and early experience from an intervention to facilitate teamwork between general practices and allied health providers: the Team-link study
    Mark F Harris
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    BMC Health Serv Res 10:104. 2010
    ..This paper describes the development and implementation of an intervention to facilitate teamwork between general practice and outside allied and community health services and providers...
  12. pmc The management of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) in Australian general practice: bridging the evidence-practice gap. A national, representative postal survey
    Melina Gattellari
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales and Centre for Research Management, Evidence and Surveillance Sydney South West Area Health Service, Liverpool, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 9:62. 2008
    ..We aimed to identify gaps in current care, and asked GPs to identify potentially useful strategies to overcome barriers to best practice...
  13. pmc What evidence is there to support skill mix changes between GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses in the care of elderly people living in the community?
    Sarah Dennis
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, 2052, Australia
    Aust New Zealand Health Policy 6:23. 2009
    ..Published, peer reviewed (black) and non-peer reviewed (grey) literature were included in the review if they met the inclusion criteria...
  14. pmc Quit in general practice: a cluster randomised trial of enhanced in-practice support for smoking cessation
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    BMC Fam Pract 11:59. 2010
    ..This study will test the uptake and effectiveness of a flexible package of smoking cessation support provided primarily by the practice nurse (PN) and tailored to meet the needs of a diversity of patients...
  15. ncbi request reprint Role of the general practitioner in smoking cessation
    Nicholas A Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 25:21-6. 2006
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  16. ncbi request reprint Barriers and facilitators to influenza vaccination among high-risk groups aged less than 65 years - views from general practitioners and practice nurses
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Aust N Z J Public Health 31:558-61. 2007
    ..To explore the views of general practitioners and practice nurses about barriers to influenza vaccination among under 65 high-risk patients and strategies to overcome those barriers...
  17. pmc A cluster randomised controlled trial of nurse and GP partnership for care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    Nicholas Zwar
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    BMC Pulm Med 8:8. 2008
    ..The aim is to determine the impact of this partnership on the quality of care and patient outcomes...
  18. doi request reprint Postgraduate education for doctors in smoking cessation
    Nicholas A Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 28:466-73. 2009
    ..This paper describes a sample of postgraduate education programs for doctors in smoking cessation and suggests future directions to improve reach and quality...
  19. ncbi request reprint Multidisciplinary care plans and diabetes--benefits for patients with poor glycaemic control
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 37:960-2. 2008
    ..This article examines whether care plans are more likely to be implemented and have greater benefit for patients with poor metabolic control...
  20. ncbi request reprint Pretravel advice and hepatitis A immunization among Australian travelers
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    J Travel Med 14:31-6. 2007
    ..Yet, there is only limited data concerning the extent to which Australians seek travel advice and vaccination before their departures...
  21. ncbi request reprint Bupropion sustained release. A therapeutic review of Zyban
    Nicholas Zwar
    University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 31:443-7. 2002
    ..Following the PBS listing in February 2001, there was a dramatic increase in prescribing, and considerable public and professional attention focused on this drug...
  22. ncbi request reprint Cardiovascular absolute risk assessment -- a research journey in general practice
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 40:309. 2011
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  23. ncbi request reprint Smoking cessation guidelines for Australian general practice
    Nicolas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 34:461-6. 2005
    ..It was distributed to Australian general practitioners in 2004...
  24. ncbi request reprint General practitioner views on barriers and facilitators to implementation of the Asthma 3+ Visit Plan
    Nicholas A Zwar
    General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital, PO Box 5, Fairfield, NSW 1860
    Med J Aust 183:64-7. 2005
    ..This study aimed to identify factors associated with uptake of the plan by general practitioners, and their views on barriers and facilitators to implementation of the plan...
  25. ncbi request reprint Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses
    Jeremy Bunker
    South West Area Health Service, and Conjoint Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 38:826-30. 2009
    ..This study assessed the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of COPD case finding by practice nurses performing spirometry on patients identified as being at risk of developing COPD...
  26. ncbi request reprint Anxiety and depression in Chinese patients attending an Australian GP clinic
    George Wen Gin Tang
    University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 38:552-5. 2009
    ..General practitioners are often the first point of contact for people with anxiety and depression. Patients from a Chinese background may be reluctant to discuss their mental health problems with their GP...
  27. doi request reprint Teaching about tobacco in medical schools: a worldwide study
    Robyn Richmond
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW, Kensington, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 28:484-97. 2009
    ....
  28. ncbi request reprint Review of bupropion for smoking cessation
    Robyn Richmond
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia
    Drug Alcohol Rev 22:203-20. 2003
    ..In clinical trials of bupropion for smoking cessation no seizures were reported. Allergic reactions occur at a rate of approximately 3% and minor adverse effects are common including dry mouth and insomnia...
  29. ncbi request reprint Improving glycaemic and BP control in type 2 diabetes. The effectiveness of tai chi
    Paul Lam
    Department of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 37:884-7. 2008
    ..This study assessed the effect of tai chi on glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), blood pressure and health status (SF-36) in adults with type 2 diabetes...
  30. ncbi request reprint Smoking cessation for Australian general practice: evaluation of best practice guidelines
    Robyn Richmond
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 34:505-7. 2005
  31. ncbi request reprint Chronic disease management in primary care: from evidence to policy
    Sarah M Dennis
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Med J Aust 188:S53-6. 2008
    ..To review the effectiveness of chronic disease management interventions for physical health problems in the primary care setting, and to identify policy options for implementing successful interventions in Australian primary care...
  32. doi request reprint Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial: the feasibility and impact of cardiovascular absolute risk assessment in Australian general practice
    Qing Wan
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
    Am Heart J 157:436-41. 2009
    ..This study aims to investigate both the feasibility of using this model and the impact of CVAR assessment and management on general practice clinical processes and patient care...
  33. ncbi request reprint Refugee health
    Mark Harris
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 34:825-9. 2005
    ..Refugees and asylum seekers in Australia come from many countries. They present a significant challenge for general practice...
  34. doi request reprint Prerequisites for implementing cardiovascular absolute risk assessment in general practice: a qualitative study of Australian general practitioners' and patients' views
    Qing Wan
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    J Eval Clin Pract 16:580-4. 2010
    ....
  35. ncbi request reprint A complexity perspective on health care improvement and reform in general practice and primary health care
    Barbara J Booth
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    Aust J Prim Health 16:29-35. 2010
    ....
  36. ncbi request reprint General practice patients--their readiness to quit smoking
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 37:81-3. 2008
    ..This article examines the prevalence of smoking among general practice patients and assesses their stage of readiness to quit...
  37. doi request reprint Attitudes and barriers to involvement in palliative care by Australian urban general practitioners
    Joel Jin Oh Rhee
    General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    J Palliat Med 11:980-5. 2008
    ..This study aimed to determine the level of participation of Australian urban GPs in palliative care, and to determine the main barriers facing them in providing this care. Design: Cross-sectional postal survey...
  38. doi request reprint A picture speaks a thousand words: evaluation of a pictorial post-vaccination care resource in Australia
    Hammad Ali
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
    Aust J Prim Health 16:246-51. 2010
    ..The 'Common Reactions to Vaccination' post-vaccination care resource provides comprehensive information in an easy-to-understand pictorial way and was appreciated by both vaccination providers and patients...
  39. ncbi request reprint Family medicine in the USA - an Australian perspective
    Nicholas Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Aust Fam Physician 39:360-1. 2010
    ..We hear that despite the enormous and rising cost (currently $US2.5 trillion per year) many people in the USA still have poor access to health care...
  40. ncbi request reprint Influencing antibiotic prescribing by prescriber feedback and management guidelines: a 5-year follow-up
    Nicholas Zwar
    Department of General Practice, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Fam Pract 19:12-7. 2002
    ..There are few long-term follow-up studies of educational programmes of this kind...
  41. ncbi request reprint A day in the life of an academic GP
    Nicholas Zwar
    Department of General Practice, South West Area Health Service, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 33:19-20. 2004
  42. ncbi request reprint Predictors of accuracy of diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in general practice
    Nicholas A Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW n zwarATunsw edu au
    Med J Aust 195:168-71. 2011
    ....
  43. doi request reprint Factors influencing general practice follow-up attendances of patients with complex medical problems after hospitalization
    Shu Ching Yang
    General Practice Unit, Sydney South Western Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia
    Fam Pract 27:62-8. 2010
    ..GPs are ideally placed to provide post-discharge care in the community. Knowledge of factors that influence patients' decisions to attend such follow-up is thus important to improve health care outcomes of these patients...
  44. ncbi request reprint Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in general practice: a decision-making dilemma
    Suzi S Mikhail
    General Practice Unit, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Sydney, NSW, Australia ni
    Med J Aust 187:160-3. 2007
    ....
  45. ncbi request reprint Supporting research in primary care: are practice-based research networks the missing link?
    Nicholas A Zwar
    General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Sydney, NSW, Australia n zwarATunsw edu au
    Med J Aust 185:110-3. 2006
    ..These new practice-based networks require commitment and funding from policymakers, a base in academic departments, plus active involvement from Divisions of General Practice and the practitioners themselves...
  46. ncbi request reprint Hepatitis risk and vaccination among Australian travellers overseas
    Nicholas A Zwar
    Med J Aust 178:469-70. 2003
  47. ncbi request reprint Chronic disease self-management education programs: challenges ahead
    Sarah M Dennis
    Med J Aust 186:103-4. 2007
  48. ncbi request reprint Do multidisciplinary care plans result in better care for patients with type 2 diabetes?
    Nicholas A Zwar
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, General Practice Unit, Sydney South West Area Health Service, New South Wales, Australia
    Aust Fam Physician 36:85-9. 2007
    ..Previous research has focused on barriers to the uptake of care plans. This study examined the effect of multidisciplinary care plans on provision and outcome of care for patients with type 2 diabetes...
  49. ncbi request reprint Multidisciplinary care plans for diabetic patients: what do they contain?
    Sanjyot Vagholkar
    General Practice Unit, Sydney South West Area Health Service, New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 36:279-82. 2007
    ..There has been little research into what is contained in care plans. This study investigated what general practitioners documented in care plans for their diabetic patients...
  50. ncbi request reprint The Macarthur GP After-hours Service: a model of after-hours care for Australia
    Elizabeth J Comino
    UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation, Locked Bag 7103, Liverpool, Sydney, NSW 1871, Australia
    Aust Health Rev 31:223-30. 2007
    ..The Macarthur GP After-hours Service (MGPAS) was established to streamline the provision of after-hours medical care in an outer-urban community. This paper reports on a process evaluation of the MGPAS...
  51. ncbi request reprint Care of patients with chronic disease: the challenge for general practice
    Mark F Harris
    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Med J Aust 187:104-7. 2007
    ..A better integrated and more comprehensive strategy is required to achieve widespread and sustained improvements in the quality of care for people with chronic disease in general practice...
  52. ncbi request reprint Using a division based diabetes register to target patients for enhanced primary care care planning
    Miranda L Coulson
    Aust Fam Physician 31:1064. 2002
  53. ncbi request reprint Sharing or shuffling--realities of chronic disease care in general practice
    Sue E Kirby
    Med J Aust 189:77. 2008
  54. ncbi request reprint Short-term effectiveness of bupropion for assisting smoking cessation in general practice
    Nicholas A Zwar
    Med J Aust 177:277-8. 2002
  55. ncbi request reprint Evaluating general practitioners' views on the enhanced primary care items for care planning and case conferencing. A one year follow up
    Tom M Blakeman
    Department of General Practice, South West Sydney, Area Health Service, New South Wales
    Aust Fam Physician 31:582-5. 2002
    ..General practitioners have required support to enable adoption of Enhanced Primary Care Medicare items for care planning and case conferencing...
  56. ncbi request reprint Tungiasis in recently arrived African refugees
    Ashwin Swaminathan
    Med J Aust 183:51. 2005
  57. pmc Barriers to using warfarin in non-valvular atrial fibrillation
    Melina Gattellari
    BMJ 332:303-4. 2006
  58. ncbi request reprint Weight management in general practice: what do patients want?
    Daisy Tan
    General Practice Unit, Fairfield Hospital, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Med J Aust 185:73-5. 2006
    ..To explore patients' views of the role of general practitioners in weight management...
  59. ncbi request reprint Men's health and wellbeing: taking up the challenge in Australia
    Ann T Gregory
    Med J Aust 185:411. 2006
  60. ncbi request reprint Caring for patients with opioid dependence
    Jeremy Bunker
    General Practice Unit, Sydney South West Area Health Service
    Aust Fam Physician 37:57-60. 2008
    ....
  61. doi request reprint Healthcare workers and immunity to infectious diseases
    Sanjyot Vagholkar
    General Practice Unit, Sydney South West Area Health Service, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
    Aust N Z J Public Health 32:367-71. 2008
    ..This study describes healthcare worker (HCW) immunity to hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and varicella based on serological screening, following introduction of this policy...
  62. ncbi request reprint General practice in 2008: a time of metamorphosis
    Ann T Gregory
    Med J Aust 189:58. 2008