Infectious Disease

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RF112-1 - Treating Viral Infections with Unnecessary Antibiotics: Understanding The 'Why' and 'How' This Still Happens!

Thursday, November 23
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Acute bronchitis, pharyngitis and sinusits are often viral infections yet many patients will still be given inappropriate and unnecessary prescriptions for antibitoics. Why and how does this still happen?

This presentation will explore the logical fallacies and cognitive pitfalls in clinician's medical decision making as it pertains to antibiotic prescrbing in the acute infectious setting. We demonstate why certain patient and physician factors can lead to inappropriate prescribing patterns. Challenges such as time pressures, patient expectations and fallacies such as 'appealing to the anecdote' are some prime examples of how a clinician's thought process can be clouded and misled, leading to potentially less than ideal decision making.

We will discuss strategies to understand and mitigate against these potential pitfalls and cognitive traps by exploring what recent research and evidence has demonstrated; focus will be on clinical deicision making algorithms for clinicians and communication strategies with patients in primary care.

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Jason R. Profetto

Family and Academic Physician
McMaster University, Profetto-Savatteri Family Medicine

Dr. Jason Profetto is a Family and Academic Physician. He currently practices at Profetto-Savatteri Family Practice in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He is very involved with McMaster's Medical School and is currently the Chair of Clinical Skills for the Undergraduate Medical Program. He teaches students and residents of all levels. He does a variety of public speaking and presentations, both academically and in the community. He is a avid chess player, athlete and proud father/husband. Currently he is working on publishing his book "In The Trenches; The Daily Grind of Family and Academic Medicine". Dr. Profetto's current research interests include: clinical skills, the learning environment, diversity training in medical education and general medical education pedagogy.

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Jason R. Profetto

Family and Academic Physician
McMaster University, Profetto-Savatteri Family Medicine

Dr. Jason Profetto is a Family and Academic Physician. He currently practices at Profetto-Savatteri Family Practice in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He is very involved with McMaster's Medical School and is currently the Chair of Clinical Skills for the Undergraduate Medical Program. He teaches students and residents of all levels. He does a variety of public speaking and presentations, both academically and in the community. He is a avid chess player, athlete and proud father/husband. Currently he is working on publishing his book "In The Trenches; The Daily Grind of Family and Academic Medicine". Dr. Profetto's current research interests include: clinical skills, the learning environment, diversity training in medical education and general medical education pedagogy.

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Jason Profetto

Jason R. Profetto

Family and Academic Physician
McMaster University, Profetto-Savatteri Family Medicine

Dr. Jason Profetto is a Family and Academic Physician. He currently practices at Profetto-Savatteri Family Practice in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He is very involved with McMaster's Medical School and is currently the Chair of Clinical Skills for the Undergraduate Medical Program. He teaches students and residents of all levels. He does a variety of public speaking and presentations, both academically and in the community. He is a avid chess player, athlete and proud father/husband. Currently he is working on publishing his book "In The Trenches; The Daily Grind of Family and Academic Medicine". Dr. Profetto's current research interests include: clinical skills, the learning environment, diversity training in medical education and general medical education pedagogy.

Presentation(s):

Send Email for Jason Profetto


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