Practitioner 2013;257 (1761): 8-10

Why do patients take aspirin for primary prevention?

23 May 2013Pais-up subscribers

A primary care study has shown that many patients continue to use aspirin for primary prevention, with almost two thirds doing so on the advice of their family doctor, despite studies showing an unfavourable risk/benefit profile. The study was a cross-sectional, self-reported, waiting room questionnaire in two North American primary care clinics. Patients were 50 years of age or older.

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