Authors’ reply to MatthysBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g302 (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g302
- Paul Little, general practitioner, professor of primary care research1
- On behalf of the DESCARTE investigators
- 1Aldermoor Health Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 5ST, UK
Matthys noted his concerns about the exclusion criteria (complicated illness) and the mention of possibly using C reactive protein (CRP) and delayed prescribing.1 He also suggested concentrating research on identifying patients at high risk of complications and improving doctor-patient communication in managing acute sore throats.
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