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Allergic patients do not comply with doctors' advice to stop owning pets

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7079.517 (Published 15 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:517
  1. Stanley Coren, Professora
  1. a Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4

    Editor—Doctors often suggest lifestyle changes to their patients as part of their treatment programme. Such changes are particularly important in certain conditions—for example, the control of exposure to known allergens. Doctors know, however, that many patients fail to comply with their instructions. Reduced compliance can be expected when there are emotional consequences of making lifestyle changes. An interesting example of this involves pet ownership by people with allergies to substances such …

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