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Spot testing by GPs for bacterial infections reduces antibiotic use, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6678
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Testing patients for bacterial infections during GP appointments could reduce unnecessary prescriptions of antibiotics, a systematic review published by the Cochrane Library has concluded.1

Most patients who visit their GP with acute respiratory infections have a viral infection, against which antibiotics are useless. Testing kits have been developed to quickly identify whether an infection is bacterial or viral. Currently the only one available to GPs is the C reactive protein test. The test takes about three minutes …

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