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Volume 11, Number 6—June 2005

Research

Clinician Knowledge and Beliefs after Statewide Program to Promote Appropriate Antimicrobial Drug Use

Karen M. Kiang*†, Burney A. Kieke‡, Kathryn Como-Sabetti*, Ruth Lynfield*, Richard E. Besser†, and Edward A. Belongia‡Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; †Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; ‡Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA

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Table 4

Perceptions and beliefs regarding patient expectations and peer-established norms, 2002 versus 1999

Belief or attitude* Proportion giving desired response (%)†
Wisconsin (WI)
Minnesota (MN)
1999 2002 1999 2002 WI % 2002/WI % 1999 (adjusted)‡§ MN % 2002/MN % in 1999 (adjusted)‡§
Most of my patients think I should prescribe for cough, cold, or flulike symptoms. 36 42 42 48 1.19 1.07
It is hard for me to withhold antibiotics because other clinicians in my community prescribe them for cough, cold, or flulike illness. 62 71 64 64 1.18 (p = 0.014) 1.00

*See Figure 1 for complete text of each statement.
†Desired response—disagree or strongly disagree.
‡Only significant p values presented; p values for baseline comparisons not presented.
§Ratios and corresponding p values adjusted for sex, years in practice, practice setting, and clinician type.

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