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Immediate antibiotics for uncomplicated RTIs do not reduce risk of admission and death, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2496 (Published 23 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2496
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Offering a delayed rather than an immediate prescription for antibiotics to adults with lower respiratory tract infections is associated with a lower likelihood of a subsequent GP consultation and no increased risk of hospital admission or death, a study published in The BMJ shows.1

The study included 28 779 adults presenting to UK general practice with lower respiratory tract infections, whose main symptom was acute cough for as long as three weeks. Patients with serious illness were excluded.

Outcomes including repeat consultation, hospital …

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