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Call for papers: common diseases

Most older people visiting their general practitioner have a common ailment, such as heart disease, pain, or osteoporosis.

GM therefore invites submissions dealing with the treatment of common diseases in general practice.


Required topics

❏ Cardiovascular disease
❏ Diabetes
❏ Pain management
❏ Influenza
❏ Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
❏ Obesity
❏ Smoking-related conditions and smoking cessation
❏ Depression

❏ Skin disorders
❏ Sexual dysfunction
❏ Incontinence
❏ Menopausal symptoms
❏ Prostate symptoms
❏ Osteoporosis
❏ Alzheimer’s disease
❏ Parkinson’s disease


Please refer to the GM author guidelines for additional instructions, and details of how to submit finished articles. Once received, we will send your article for peer review - a process that takes about 8 weeks - and then we will contact you with the outcome.

Priority publication

Due to a shortage of articles of this type, those that pass peer review will be published quickly. For further information contact the Editor, Alison Bloomer.

Article structure

The following structure is suggested for this type of article, but should be adapted as appropriate for each disease topic.


Should follow the same structure and cover the main points of the article.


❏ Give background information such as prevalence, pathogenesis, and burden in general practice.


❏ Discuss confirmatory clinical signs or symptoms, any appropriate laboratory tests, and differential diagnosis.


❏ Detail management of the condition, beginning with the preferred first-line treatment.
❏ Move logically through the options for nonresponders and those who might cease therapy because of side-effects.
❏ Explain the beneficial effects and side-effects of both drug and non-drug interventions.
❏ Acknowledge guidelines for treatment issued by NICE or professional bodies and discuss situations in which these recommendations are inadequate.
❏ Note what therapies are available for patients who have unsuccessfully tried all the recommended treatments.


❏ Define the prognosis for patients with reference to the severity of disease, response to treatment, and nature of disease.
❏ Give estimated times until recovery, if appropriate.

Further care

❏ Explain at what point the patient should be referred to secondary care and the ways in which primary and secondary care collaborate to ensure best practice.
❏ Discuss local practices in addition to national schemes.
❏ State whether the patient will need education on managing their condition.
❏ Give details of any extra help available such as support groups or charities.