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Understanding the culture of prescribing: qualitative study of general practitioners' and patients' perceptions of antibiotics for sore throats.

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OBJECTIVES: To better understand reasons for antibiotics being prescribed for sore throats despite well known evidence that they are generally of little help. DESIGN: Qualitative study with semi-structured interviews. SETTING: General practices in South Wales. SUBJECTS: 21 general practitioners and 17 of their patients who had recently consulted for a sore throat or upper respiratory tract infection. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Subjects' experience of management of the illness, patients' expectat...

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10.1136/bmj.317.7159.637

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Journal:
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Volume:
317
Issue:
7159
Pages:
637-642
Publication date:
1998-09-05
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EISSN:
1756-1833
ISSN:
0959-8138
URN:
uuid:6035e7db-bf2f-4dfd-b071-31bcf9e16874
Source identifiers:
430957
Local pid:
pubs:430957

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