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Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse 

Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse
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Behavioral Medicine and Substance Abuse
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Warren G. Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199743018.003.0005
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date: 25 August 2019

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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