Over-prescription of antibiotics for sore throat is concerning

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Only 1 in 10 individuals with sore throat seek medical help and more than half of those receive antibiotics according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Researchers conducted a prospective population-based cohort study with 4461 individuals. Sore throat symptom profiles and general practitioner (GP) consultation behaviour were assessed during 2 winter seasons through a national household survey.

13% of patients with sore throat sought GP consultation, and 56% of those were prescribed antibiotics. Women and children were more likely to have sore throat (adjusted incidence rate ratio, 1.33 and 1.52, respectively). The likelihood of GP consultation was higher for preschool children (adjusted OR [aOR], 3.22), longer duration of sore throat (aOR, 1.11), more severe pain (aOR, 4.2...