About The Study: This secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial found that positive patient beliefs about the likely success of antibiotics for appendicitis were associated with a lower risk of appendectomy and with resolution of signs and symptoms by 30 days. The mechanisms that underlie this observed association between patients’ beliefs and outcomes for appendicitis remain to be determined.
Authors: David R. Flum, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington in Seattle, is the corresponding author.
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