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Fierro JL, Prasad PA, Localio AR
Variability in the diagnosis and treatment of group a streptococcal pharyngitis by primary care pediatricians.
The researchers compared practice patterns regarding the diagnosis and management of streptococcal pharyngitis across 25 pediatric primary care practices sharing an electronic health record. They found that only 18 of 222 clinicians wrote 50 percent of all broad-spectrum antibiotic prescriptions for children with group a streptococcus pharyngitis. They suggested targeted interventions to improve adherence to prescribing guidelines.
Citation: Fierro JL, Prasad PA, Localio AR . Variability in the diagnosis and treatment of group a streptococcal pharyngitis by primary care pediatricians. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;35 Suppl 3:S79-85. doi: 10.1086/677820..
Keywords: Antibiotics, Children/Adolescents, Diagnostic Safety and Quality, Primary Care, Practice Patterns