C reactive protein testing in general practice safely reduces antibiotic use for flare-ups of COPDBMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5991 (Published 30 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5991
- Rob Cook, clinical director1,
- Johnny Lyon-Maris, clinical adviser2,
- Alicia White, analyst manager1
- on behalf of NIHR Dissemination Centre
- 1Bazian, Economist Intelligence Unit healthcare, London, UK
- 2Wessex Institute, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
- Correspondence to R Cook
Butler CC, Gillespie D, White P, et al. C-reactive protein testing to guide antibiotic prescribing for COPD exacerbations. N Engl J Med 2019;381:111-20.
This research was funded by the NIHR Technology Assessment Programme (project number 12/33/12). The testing machines used in the study were loaned to researchers by the manufacturer, who also provided training on their use. The manufacturer had no other role in any part of the trial.
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