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Non influenza viral upper respiratory illnesses are responsible for a significant percentage of sick visits to primary care physicians. Patients who expect antibiotics are more likely to be given them, and this contributes to growing antibiotic resistance. Setting appropriate expectations for the course of a typical upper respiratory infection can reduce repeat visits, and reduce the number of antibiotic prescriptions. Additionally, many over the counter cold and flu remedies do not have a significant impact on cold duration or symptoms. The flyer produced in the course of this project details the average time course for an upper respiratory infection, instructs on what symptoms do warrant a visit to the physician, and describes effective symptom treatments and proven preventative strategies.

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New Milford Hospital


Connecticut, Antibiotic resistance, cold, virus, cough, education

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Education and expectations for patients with viral upper respiratory infections