GPs urged not to think of URTIs as bacterial or viral

It's not as simple as being one or the other, say Queensland researchers

Researchers have called on GPs to move away from the great ‘bacteria versus virus’ divide when it comes to treating patients with an upper respiratory tract infection.

Antibiotics

GPs often consider whether a URTI illness has a viral or bacterial aetiology before deciding on their course of action on antibiotics, the University of Queensland researchers say in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Patient and prescriber educational resources also refer to the 'viral versus bacterial' paradigm to inform the choice of whether antibiotics should be prescribed or not.

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