Workload and management of childhood fever at general practice out-of-hours care: an observational cohort study

E.G.P.M. de Bont*, J.M.M. Lepot, D.A.S. Hendrix, N. Loonen, Y. Guldemond-Hecker, G.J. Dinant, J.W.L. Cals

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Objective: Even though childhood fever is mostly self-limiting, children with fever constitute a considerable workload in primary care. Little is known about the number of contacts and management during general practitioners' (GPs) out-of-hours care. We investigated all fever related telephone contacts, consultations, antibiotic prescriptions and paediatric referrals of children during GP out-of-hours care within 1 year. Design: Observational cohort study. Setting and patients: We performed an observational cohort study at a large Dutch GP out-of-hours service. Children (
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere007365
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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