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Reducing antibiotic requests from patients with viral infections

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For anyone interested in Antibiotic Awareness Week, a big part of the story is that patients (or their parents) demand antibacterials even for viral infections. And doctors often comply, just to get rid of them (the patients, that is). This high-resolution PDF can be printed out for waiting rooms and can serve as a way to reduce such requests. The PDF attempts to be non-patronizing. Hints on how to talk about the different drugs are in the body of the post. If you are a physician and care to utilize the graphic, please consider sharing it with members of your professional society. If doctors stopped using the "antibiotics", patients would be 33% less confused on what an antibiotic does (or your money back).
 
 

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