Journal article

A Prescription for Resistance: Management of Staphylococcal Skin Abscesses by General Practitioners in Australia

Christine Parrott, Gillian Wood, Ekaterina Bogatyreva, Geoffrey W Coombs, Paul DR Johnson, Catherine M Bennett

FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: We investigated the management of staphylococcal abscesses (boils) by general practitioners (GPs) in the context of rising antibiotic resistance in community strains of Staphylococcus aureus. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS: We analyzed patient-reported management of 66 cases of uncomplicated skin abscesses from the frequency matched methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) Community-Onset Staphylococcus aureus Household Cohort (COSAHC) study (Melbourne, Australia, 2008-2012). Susceptibilities in all cases were known: 50/66 abscesses were caused by MRSA. In order to investigate GP-reported management of staphylococcal abscesses, we surveyed ..

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