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A child with earache. Are antibiotics the best treatment?

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BACKGROUND: Conventional management of acute otitis media, deduced from pathophysiology, embodies scant regard to analgesia, but concentrates on the microbiological cure by the use of antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: A commonly encountered case of uncomplicated acute otitis media in a child of three is presented. An evidence based approach to management is offered. RESULTS: The search for empirical evidence of patient relevant benefits and harms challenges the conventional approach. A Cochrane review...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences, PHC-CTU
Journal:
Australian family physician
Volume:
31
Issue:
2
Pages:
141-144
Publication date:
2002-02-05
ISSN:
0300-8495
URN:
uuid:7a6bce62-d6cb-48d7-8e39-44688e772725
Source identifiers:
215593
Local pid:
pubs:215593

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