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Patient treatment preference

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Despite beliefs to the contrary, patients will accept physician assurances and recommendations to use OTC treatments for conditions such as viruses, muscle strains and diarrhea, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Family Practice. Peggy Wagner, PhD, Medical College of Georgia, co-authored the survey of 244 patients in an urban family practice, finding 84% would accept an OTC drug based on their doctor's assurances. Sixty-three percent of participants were women, and most were white. Eighty-four percent, regardless of condition, said they would prefer an "expensive medicine" if prescribed by their doctor; HMO members were more likely to opt for an Rx drug
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