Simulation model of GP practice in treatment of paediatric streptococcal pharyngitis

Stewart, A. (1993) Simulation model of GP practice in treatment of paediatric streptococcal pharyngitis. Personal Social Services Research Unit (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

<p>This paper builds on the survey of GP practice summarised and described in PSSRU Discussion Paper 907 ("Survey of GP<p><p>practice in treatment of paediatric Streptococcal Pharyngitis"). The information obtained regarding treatment practice is<p><p>combined with costing information, from previously published sources, and integrated into a decision tree simulation model. <p><p><p>Given a range of assumptions and limitations to the exercise, the paper presents a cost-minimisation analysis of the task of<p><p>`curing' a patient presenting with Streptococcal Pharyngitis. In General Practice terms, this is seen as having been achieved if a patient does not present again in the same episode of illness. For the `typical' patient it was found that treatment costs could be reduced, although in most cases not substantially, by switching from GPs' favoured treatment pattern ,Penicillin V as first line drug with Erythromycin as back-up, to a revised pattern where Azithromycin was used as the back-up prescription. The value of using Azithromycin as an alternative more effective first line prescription was also assessed and shown not to be a cost effective option.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 21 May 2011 01:38
Last Modified: 21 May 2011 01:38
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27375 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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