This month, we will consider whether antibiotic use for pharyngitis is justified by reviewing a SMARTEM podcast, and reviewing the papers listed below.
Listen to the SMARTEM podcast here: Treatment of Acute Pharyngitis. Please listen to 12:30-46:28 for the most relevant parts.
Papers to be reviewed:
Del Mar CB. Antibiotics for sore throat. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011;(9). (This is a very long paper, we are only going to discuss through acknowledgements on the 13th page of the paper or the 16th page of the attached document)
Fine AM et al. Large Scale Validation of the Centor and McIssac Scores to Predict Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis. Arch Int Med 2012;172(11):847-852.