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General practitioner prescribing of antibiotics for asthma.

Authors
  • Kljakovic, M
  • Mahadevan, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1998
Volume
48
Issue
436
Pages
1773–1774
Identifiers
PMID: 10198487
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Although asthma management guidelines in New Zealand do not advise prescribing antibiotics, almost a quarter of asthma consultations result in a prescription for antibiotics. This study, as part of a repeat audit of asthma care at an after-hours medical centre, describes general practitioners' perspectives on prescribing antibiotics to patients presenting with asthma. The results show that GPs have tended to overestimate the risk of bacterial infection in such patients.

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