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General practitioners want to know whether a treatment works and is safe in practice

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1310
  1. Ueli Bollag, Specialist in child healtha
  1. a Familienpraxis beim Eigerplatz, Mühlemattstrasse 61, CH-3007 Berne, Switzerland

    Editor—Froom et al question the benefit of routine use of antimicrobials for acute otitis media.1 I agree with their arguments but believe that the inclusion solely of randomised double blind placebo controlled trials in their study is insufficient to make the point. Studies undertaken in tertiary care centres cannot dispel practitioners' doubts about the need for antibiotics in acute otitis media.

    Observational studies that Bollag-Albrecht and …

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