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Ital J Pediatr. 2014 Apr 23;40:38. doi: 10.1186/1824-7288-40-38.

A prospective study on ambulatory care provided by primary care pediatricians during influenza season.

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Medicine and Health Sciences Department, University of Molise, c/da Tappino 86100, Campobasso, Italy. antogianna@libero.it.

Abstract

Aim of this study was to obtain a picture of the nature of the primary care pediatricians' visits during a winter season. We investigated reasons for visits, diagnosis, and pattern of prescription in 284 children. The reason for visit was a planned visit in 54% of cases, a well-being examination in 26%, and an urgent visit for an acute problem in 20% of cases. Cough was the most common symptom reported (61%). The most common pediatricians' diagnosis was flu-like syndrome (47%). No disease was found by pediatrician in 27% of children with a symptom reported by caregivers. Antibiotics were prescribed in 25% of children, the vast majority of which affected by viral respiratory infections. The unjustified access to physician's visit may lead to a inappropriate prescription of drugs.

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24755009
PMCID:
PMC4012523
DOI:
10.1186/1824-7288-40-38
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