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National Physicians Alliance: The Top 5 Ways To Improve Primary Care; Pediatrics

Submitted by Marshall Riddle on Thu, 05/26/2011 - 11:29

  1. Don’t prescribe antibiotics for a sore throat unless the patient tests positive for strep.
  2. Don’t obtain diagnostic images for minor head injuries without loss of consciousness or other risk factors.
  3. Don’t refer patients to a specialist for fluid behind the eardrum in the middle ear early on unless there are other red flags (such as learning problems or structural problems).
  4. Advise patients not to use cough and cold medicines.
  5. Use inhaled corticosteroids to control asthma appropriately.

Source: National Physicians Alliance, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, May 23, 2011
Source URL: http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/archinternmed...

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