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Enhanced communication skills and C-reactive protein point-of-care testing for respiratory tract infection: 3.5-year follow-up of a cluster randomized trial.

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PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to assess the long-term effect of family physicians' use of C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care testing and/or physician training in enhanced communication skills on office visit rates and antibiotic prescriptions for patients with respiratory tract infections. METHODS: We conducted a 3.5-year follow-up of a pragmatic, factorial, cluster-randomized controlled trial; 379 patients (20 family practices in the Netherlands) who visited their family physici...

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10.1370/afm.1477

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Journal:
Annals of family medicine
Volume:
11
Issue:
2
Pages:
157-164
Publication date:
2013-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1544-1717
ISSN:
1544-1709
URN:
uuid:0e2d61b5-86e7-4a07-8b73-b94b2b15bffd
Source identifiers:
418210
Local pid:
pubs:418210

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