Research Article

Use of bacteriological investigations by general practitioners.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 13 September 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:635
  1. R J Taylor,
  2. J G Howie,
  3. J Brodie,
  4. I A Porter


    The numbers of vaginal swabs, faecal specimens, throat swabs, and urine specimens submitted by 104 city general practitioners to the bacteriology laboratory at Aberdeen differed widely. The doctors who made most use of the laboratory service rarely did so equally for all four investigations but usually for only one or two. Similarly, those who used the service least often made frequent use of one particular investigation. Further studies are needed to identify and evaluate the reasons for the apparently substantial disagreement among general practitioners concerning the value of these diffferent bacteriological investigations in general practice.