Data on treating bronchiolitis severely limited

May 2004
Journal of Family Practice;May2004, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p353
Academic Journal
The authors of this research systematically reviewed Medline and the Cochrane Collaboration database of Controlled Clinical Trials for randomized controlled trials published in English that assessed the effectiveness of various treatments for bronchiolitis. The team assessed the quality of each study with disagreements adjudicated by consultation and consensus. In general, most studies were quite small, of limited quality, looked at short-term improvement, and failed to assess clinically important outcomes. The treatments may be effective, however, just unproven. To really judge their effectiveness, we would need large, well-designed studies that include clinically important outcomes.


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