Respiratory infections for which general practitioners consider prescribing an antibiotic: a prospective study.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the viral aetiology of respiratory infections in children presenting to primary care with "more than a simple cold". DESIGN: Observational study in 18 Oxfordshire general practices over four winters (2000-01 to 2003-04). PATIENTS: 425 children aged 6 months to 12 years with cough and fever for whom general practitioners considered prescribing an antibiotic. METHODS: Nasopharyngeal aspirate obtained from 408 (96%) children was subjected to PCR for respiratory viruses. P...Expand abstract
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