In a survey to AAFP members, we determined factors associated with appropriate management of children with pharyngitis. We characterized office laboratory methods used by clinicians to diagnose pharyngitis caused by group A streptococcus (GAS), including rapid antigen detection test (RADT) and throat cultures, and also assessed clinicians’ treatment of pharyngitis.
Our specific aims were:
This project was conducted from February 15, 2004, to December 31, 2004.
This project has been completed. See below for Key Findings and Publications.
There is much room for improvement in the management of acute pharyngitis in children and adolescents. Most physicians use appropriate management strategies; however, a substantial number uses inappropriate ones, particularly for children with likely viral pharyngitis. Efforts to help physicians improve practices will need to be multifaceted and should include health policy and educational approaches.
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Clinician's Management of Children and Adolescents with Acute Pharyngitis. Park SY, Gerber MA, Tanz RR, et al. Pediatrics. 2006Jun;117(6):1871-8.
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AAFP National Research Network
This project was internally funded.