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Role playing is aimed at addressing excessive antibiotic use

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Here’s a look at physician-patient role-playing aimed at reducing  the number of antibiotic prescriptions.

This MedCity News articles describes how Kognito Solutions “develops simulation programs centered on physician role-playing for difficult patient conversations, such as helping primary care doctors identify signs of post traumatic stress disorder, child obesity and managing post deployment stress. This latest program {to address the over-prescription of antibiotics} will let users role play not only the doctor but also the patient — a first for the New York-based company. It has received backing from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of its Pioneers program.”


“A two month pilot of the antibiotic role playing simulation program will start in October at New York University School of Medicine. It will be studied with 35 primary care providers and 35 patients. At the end of the pilot, the company will report the data to RWJF, but it will be up to the foundation on what to do with the program. There are a lot of possibilities for it, from Accountable Care Organizations, payers, and patient advocate groups.”


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