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Nursery policies on conjunctivitis may encourage GPs to prescribe antibiotics

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3754 (Published 06 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3754
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Nurseries’ policies excluding children with acute infective conjunctivitis until they recover or have been treated mean that GPs are pressurised by parents to prescribe antibiotics for children who do not need them, research published in the British Journal of General Practice shows.1

Although Public Health England recommends that children with acute infective conjunctivitis do not need to be excluded from childcare, the care providers set their own sickness policies. Researchers from the University of Birmingham conducted an audit of childcare providers’ sickness policies in …

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