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Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse 

Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse
Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse

Warren G. Thompson

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date: 04 August 2020

The goal of preventive medicine is to prevent premature death and disability. The successful practitioner of preventive medicine mush be skilled at facilitating behavior change in patients because behaviors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, alcohol misuse, and illegal drug use are the leading causes of premature death and disability in the United States. This chapter focuses on the key knowledge and skills necessary for physicians to stimulate changes in patient behavior.

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