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Docs Are Becoming Less Concerned About H1N1 Swine Flu
Date:5/8/2009

- Majority have not changed their behavior or lifestyle since becoming aware of the H1N1 virus -

FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A new national study among 1,477 physicians revealed that during the past week, doctors have become less concerned about the impact that the H1N1 swine flu will have on themselves and their families.

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Results from a similar study last week revealed that 21% of physicians reported that they were "Concerned" or "Extremely Concerned," compared to this week's study, in which 10% of physicians indicated that they were "Concerned" or "Extremely Concerned." Physicians also reported that there is less risk that the virus could result in a catastrophic pandemic, compared to last week.

The studies were conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) on April 27 and May 6, to obtain physicians' perceptions of the H1N1 virus and the potential risk and impact it will have on Americans. The study will be conducted on a weekly basis to measure physicians' perceptions regarding their personal and professional concerns. To view detailed results go to: www.hcdi.net or www.mediacurves.com.

The study also revealed that physicians believe the U.S. Government is more prepared to handle an epidemic, as compared to last week's study. Physicians were also asked how their behavior and lifestyle have changed after becoming aware of the H1N1 virus.

The majority of respondents (56%) reported that they had no behavior changes since becoming aware
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