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Physicians are Less Concerned about H1N1 Swine Flu
Date:5/21/2009

-- Docs say top information sources regarding H1N1 are government agencies and media --

FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from a new national study among 688 physicians revealed that over the past few weeks, doctors continue to be less concerned about the impact that the H1N1 swine flu will have on themselves and their families.

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The study was conducted last night by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO), as part of a series of studies which were conducted on April 27, and May 6, to obtain physicians' perceptions of the H1N1 virus. The studies are being 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.

Results from the study on April 27, revealed that 21% of physicians reported that they were "Concerned" or "Extremely Concerned", compared to this week's study, in which 9% 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.

There was a slight increase in the number of physicians who reported that they have not changed their behavior or life style, with 61% indicating they have not changed their behavior, compared to 56% in the May 6 study. When asked what top three sources they use to obtain information on H1N1 swine flu, government agency communications (79%) was rated number one, followed by the news media
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