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Letters Delayed antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections

Authors’ reply to Bradley

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 17 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1518
  1. Beth Stuart, associate professor of medical statistics,
  2. Paul Little, professor,
  3. Michael Moore, professor,
  4. Nick Francis, professor
  1. Academic Unit of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
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As Bradley says,12 there is no evidence that early treatment of suspected sepsis in primary care improves outcomes. The key challenge in primary care is the timely identification of early sepsis, which can be indistinguishable from common infections. Observational data indicate that the risk of sepsis in respiratory tract infections is lower …

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