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Physician specialty is associated with adherence to treatment guidelines for acute otitis media in children.
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PMID:  23057496     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: To identify physician and visit characteristics affecting adherence to guidelines recommending delayed antibiotic therapy for acute otitis media (AOM). METHODS: We used physician visit data from an Israeli health maintenance organization to identify children ages 0-15 diagnosed with AOM. We defined early antibiotic treatment as purchase, within 3 days of diagnosis, of antibiotics prescribed by the diagnosing physician. We considered the effect of physician specialty (pediatrician, otolaryngologist, family physician), day of the week, setting (urgent care/clinic), and clinic location (peripheral/central) on the rate of early treatment. RESULTS: Proportion of cases receiving early treatment dropped from 2002 to 2009 in cases treated by otolaryngologists (47% to 36%) and pediatricians (46% to 42%), and increased in cases treated by family physicians (43% to 50%). Treatment rate was higher in cases treated on weekends than on weekdays (48% vs. 44%), in urgent care as compared to clinic settings (51% vs 44%), and in children living in peripheral as compared to central areas (52% vs 38%). CONCLUSIONS: Successful implementation of delayed treatment of otitis media guidelines requires addressing factors associated with increased early treatment rates. © 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Zachi Grossman; Barbara G Silverman; Dan Miron
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-2227     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Author(s)/Acta Paediatrica © 2012 Foundation Acta Paediatrica.
Maccabi Health Services, Tel Aviv, Israel.
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