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Acute respiratory infections in primary care 

Acute respiratory infections in primary care
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Acute respiratory infections in primary care
Author(s):

Claire Blacklock

and Matthew Thompson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199588084.003.0001
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date: 24 June 2019

Acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are common in primary care, comprising approximately 15–20% of all GP consultations

‘Safety-netting’ and delayed prescribing approaches can help when there is clinical uncertainty, and immediate antibiotics are not indicated

Many over the counter treatments for RTIs are available to patients. In children however, the efficacy of some of these is poor...

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