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What do general practitioners do when patients present with symptoms indicative of urinary tract infections?
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PMID:  9640319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The primary aim of the study was to examine whether the results of laboratory investigations of midstream urine samples from patients with suspected urinary tract infection influenced management by general practitioners. METHOD: Eleven general practitioners in the Network participated in the study by recording treatment and outcomes for consecutive patients with symptoms of urinary tract infection. RESULTS: Data from 216 patients were included in the study. Dipsticks were used to test the urine of 98 patients (45%) and midstream urine samples were sent to the laboratory for 176 patients (82%). Antibiotics were prescribed for 176 patients (82%). Antibiotics were prescribed for 95% of patients with symptoms of dysuria, frequency and urgency. Where the laboratory results showed infection there was no change in treatment after the general practitioners received the results for 75 patients (85%). Among those patients where the laboratory reported no infection there was no change in treatment after the general practitioner received the results for 53 patients (87%). CONCLUSIONS: The results of laboratory investigation of midstream urine samples did not change the treatment provided for the majority of patients in the study.
D McLeod; M Kljakovic
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  111     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-09     Completed Date:  1998-07-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  189-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Practice, Wellington School of Medicine.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Family Practice
Middle Aged
Physician's Practice Patterns*
Urinary Tract Infections / diagnosis*,  drug therapy*
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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