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Date:2/21/2008

ons of respondents for antibiotics were affected by diagnosis terminology. When less threatening terms, such as "mild" ear infection rather than ear infection were used, the reported expectations for antibiotics reduced as much as 421 percent. Stephanie Boyd, lead researcher, concluded: "By understanding and addressing potential gaps in patient knowledge [about antibiotics] and communicating diagnosis in ways that patients find less threatening, clinicians can more effectively negotiate encounters in which patients exert pressure to prescribe."

(Patient Behaviors and Beliefs Regarding Antibiotic Use; AB 186798)

About Preventive Medicine 2008

Preventive Medicine 2008, the annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine, will be held February 20-23, 2008 at the Hilton Austin in Austin, TX. Nearly 1,000 preventive medicine practitioners are expected to gather for exclusive updates on the latest advances in disease prevention and health promotion. For more information please visit http://www.preventivemedicine2008.org.

About the American College of Preventive Medicine

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. Its mission is to serve as the leader for the specialty of preventive medicine, which encompasses general preventive medicine, public health, occupational and environmental medicine and aerospace medicine. ACPM seeks to improve population health status through evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion research, policies, practice & programs.


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