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BITTER PILL - Unnecessary antibiotics

| Updated on March 10, 2018

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Unnecessary antibiotics

Respiratory tract infections (RTI) with cough are the most common reason children are prescribed antibiotics by their doctors, but up to a third of prescriptions may be unnecessary. A new study of over 8000 children has identified seven key predictors which could help general practitioners (GPs) and nurses in primary care identify low risk children who are less likely to need antibiotics, according to research published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

The authors propose a tool called STARWAVe that uses seven predictors of future hospitalisation that can be easily identified by doctors and nurses.

Published on September 02, 2016

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