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Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(1):121. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-104-1-121
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The American College of Physicians reaffirms its position, promulgated in 1979, that patients be provided essential information about prescribed drugs. Such information should include the reasons the drug has been ordered, the ways in which it should be taken, common side effects and how to deal with them, and a warning about serious problems that demand prompt cessation of the drug use and seeking of medical attention. Physicians are urged to impart such information orally as they write prescriptions.

Through oral communication physicians convey to their patients how important they believe it is to follow the regimen prescribed. However, complex


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