Management of adult lower respiratory tract infection in primary care

Steele, K.; Gormley, G.; Webb, C. H.
February 2001
Thorax;Feb2001, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p87
Academic Journal
Descriptive epidemiology of common symptoms and their natural history and outcome is an area which the MRC highlights as a priority for primary care research. In this issue of Thorax Macfarlane at a report a large prospective case series detailing the incidence, !etiology, management, and outcome of previously well adults presenting to their general practitioner with symptoms of acute lower respiratory tract infection. They found there was no relationship between the doctor's initial clinical assessment that the patient had an infection warranting antibiotics and the outcome or with subsequent laboratory confirmation of a bacterial/atypical infection.


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