A provider should reinforce the belief that the patient is sick, but also offer alternative treatments as well as provide education relating to the over-prescribing of antibiotics. Use the term “cold” instead of “infection”.

Resolving patient misconceptions about vaccines, antibiotics

HealthDay News — In order to practice evidence-based medicine and satisfy patients, patient misconceptions should be addressed, a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA) indicates. To address common misconceptions and offer solutions that result in good medical care and satisfied patients, the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Scientific Issues presented common situations…

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