Journal article

Management of sore throat in primary care

Jennifer Tran, Margie Danchin, Marie Pirotta, Andrew C Steer

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of general practitioners (GPs) in Victoria, Australia in the management of sore throat. METHOD: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 100 GPs using a questionnaire with the same four case vignettes used in a 1994 Victorian study. RESULTS: Eighty-nine per cent of respondents indicated they would prescribe antibiotics to a child with a short history of sore throat and fever, with examination findings of fever, tonsillar pus and tender cervical lymph nodes. Only 18% of respondents indicated they would order a throat swab with culture to investigate the aetiology. Very few respondents indica..

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