Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infection: the importance of diagnostic uncertainty.

@article{Arnold2005AntibioticPF,
  title={Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infection: the importance of diagnostic uncertainty.},
  author={Sandra R. Arnold and Teresa To and Warren J McIsaac and Elaine E L Wang},
  journal={The Journal of pediatrics},
  year={2005},
  volume={146 2},
  pages={
          222-6
        }
}
OBJECTIVES Antibiotic misuse for viral upper respiratory tract infections (URI) in children is a significant problem. We determined the influence on antibiotic prescribing of clinical features that may increase concern about possible bacterial infection (age, appearance, fever) in children with URI. STUDY DESIGN We created 16 scenarios of children with URI and distributed them by mail survey to 540 pediatricians and family practitioners in Ontario, Canada. The association of patient clinical… CONTINUE READING

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