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Letters Professional judgment v customer expectations

Acute sore throat: discussing antibiotics with patients

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 07 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2443
  1. David G Taylor, general practitioner
  1. Institute of Clinical Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Room WF25, Medical School Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  1. dtaylor7{at}

Greenberg and Pottesman advocate the FeverPAIN score for helping a clinician judge the chances of a sore throat being associated with streptococci.12 A paper in The BMJ showed that it was just as good as using near patient testing.3

The score says to “consider delayed …

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