TITLE

In vitro evaluation of five rapid antigen detection tests for group A beta-haemolytic streptococcal sore throat infections

AUTHOR(S)
Lassetera, Gemma M.; McNulty, Cliodna A. M.; Hobbs, F. D. Richard; Mant, David; Little, Paul
PUB. DATE
December 2009
SOURCE
Family Practice;Dec2009, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p437
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background. Using accurate and easy to use rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs) to identify group A beta-haemolytic Streptococci (GABHS) sore throat infections could reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing and antimicrobial resistance. Although there is no international consensus on the use of RADTs, these kits have been widely adopted in Finland, France and the USA. Yet in the UK, the Clinical Knowledge Summaries, that provide the main online guidance for GPs, discourage RADTs use, citing their poor sensitivity and inability to impact on prescribing decisions in acute sore throat infections.
ACCESSION #
47451675

 

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