ROBERT H. PANTELL, M.D.
Sore throat is the fourth most common symptom seen in medical practice (1). New management recommendations, such as those suggested by Tompkins, Burnes, and Cable in this issue (p. 481), as the result of a cost-effectiveness analysis, can have widespread impact and demand careful evaluation. This kind of analytic approach is being used increasingly to make both medical and policy decisions, but one must recognize the number of inputs subject to the frailties of existing data and value judgments.
Few physicians would disagree with treating all patients with pharyngitis during a rheumatic fever epidemic. Criteria for recognizing and managing epidemics
PANTELL RH. Cost-Effectiveness of Pharyngitis Management and Prevention of Rheumatic Fever. Ann Intern Med. ;86:497–499. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-4-497
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(4):497-499.
Healthcare Delivery and Policy, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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