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'The treatment is inexpensive and likely to be offered in the context of a consultation that would have happened anyway'.
I'm afraid this misses the point.
We have spent many years educating our patients to understand that for the vast majority of sore throats there is no useful therapy and that they do not need to attend the doctor each time they develop one.
If we suggest that they should start attending each time -to save 11.1 hours of illness- then we will immediately increase attendances with these very minor problems. This will divert time and energy from more important work and thus add significantly to the burdens our profession is suffering, making it harder for the significantly unwell to access our services -whilst achieving almost nothing.
This looks like research which should have been suppressed for the greater good!