Letters Sore throat in primary care

Authors’ reply to Matthys

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g302 (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g302
  1. Paul Little, general practitioner, professor of primary care research1
  2. On behalf of the DESCARTE investigators
  1. 1Aldermoor Health Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 5ST, UK
  1. p.little{at}soton.ac.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.

Our prospective study aimed to determine the predictors of …

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