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These stories were released by the Health Behavior News Service between 11/29/12 and 12/18/12.

Health care providers really can learn to communicate better with patients'?¦

A new review in The Cochrane Library finds that medical students, doctors and nurses who participated in training lasting 10 hours or less resulted in more patient-centered approaches during medical consultations. This training also begot small improvements in patient satisfaction, the consultation process and health status. Who knew it was so simple?

Cutting back on antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients'?¦

Despite their negative side effects, antipsychotic drugs are often the first line of treatment for people in nursing homes suffering from behavioral and psychological effects of dementia. However, a new review in The Cochrane Library finds that with education and social support, staff and caregivers can reduce their use of these drugs for patients with dementia. '??Antipsychotics should not be the first choice of treatment for people with challenging behavior," said study author Sascha Kopke, Ph.D. '??Nursing homes should try non-pharmacological approaches and get everyone involved'??nursing home staff, physicians and relatives.'??

Printed reminders for doctors can improve health care'?¦

In an age when physicians are often short on time and deluged with information, hard-copy reminders can help them provide care that more closely reflects current medical guidelines and evidence-based medicine. What's more, reminders that included space for doctors to write their own notes further improved the reminders'?? effectiveness, especially for topics like screening tests and vaccinations. This finding is especially helpful for offices that aren't equipped with examination room computers and/or electronic health records.

Did you know the HPV vaccine requires three doses?...

A new survey of 899 young women ages 11 to 26 found that only half of those who started the three-part series of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine got all the necessary doses. Lead author Rachel Gold, Ph.D., said the results weren't surprising and that providers should stress the need for additional doses and confirm that patients understand this information. The study reported that a young woman'??s ability to properly identify how many shots were required to complete the series was significantly associated with series completion.

Trust me, I'm a doctor'?¦

While 70 percent of all U.S. adults seek health-related information from the Web, their doctors and T.V., factors such as race, ethnicity, education level and economic status can make it harder for some people to access such essential information. These socio-economic factors can also contribute to people's lack of trust in providers and information sources.'  '??It is critical that everyone has equal access to and trust in our healthcare system,'?? said Amanda Richardson, Ph.D., lead author of the study. 'Unequal access and lack of trust only contributes to existing disparities in health outcomes.'

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