Effect of point of care testing for C reactive protein and training in communication skills on antibiotic use in lower respiratory tract infections: cluster randomised trial.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of general practitioner testing for C reactive protein (disease approach) and receiving training in enhanced communication skills (illness approach) on antibiotic prescribing for lower respiratory tract infection. DESIGN: Pragmatic, 2x2 factorial, cluster randomised controlled trial. SETTING: 20 general practices in the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS: 40 general practitioners from 20 practices recruited 431 patients with lower respiratory tract infection. MAIN OUTC...Expand abstract
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