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CRP Test Can Guide Antibiotic Use in COPD
eMediNexus,  11 July 2019
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Point-of-care C-reactive protein (CRP) testing conducted to inform antibiotic prescribing in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations was associated with lower overall antibiotic use, and with no evidence of increased harm, according to UK researchers.Fewer patients with acute COPD exacerbations in the CRP-guided treatment group were prescribed antibiotics at initial general medical practice consultation (47.7% vs 69.7% in the usual care group) a
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