Patterns of Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment by family physicians in a southeastern state

J Community Health. 2002 Dec;27(6):395-402. doi: 10.1023/a:1020697017543.


This study examined how often physicians in Georgia diagnose and treat Lyme disease as well as the criteria they use to reach a diagnosis of Lyme disease. A survey was sent to 1,331 family physicians in Georgia concerning how many cases of Lyme disease the physicians diagnosed, and the criteria used to make the diagnosis, during the preceding 12 months. Of 710 responses, 167 physicians treated 316 cases of Lyme disease without a firm diagnosis. In addition, 125 physicians diagnosed 262 cases of Lyme disease, 130 without serologic testing and 132 with serologic testing. Family Physicians in Georgia diagnose Lyme disease at a rate 40 times greater than the surveillance case rate reported in Georgia.

MeSH terms

  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data*
  • Georgia
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Lyme Disease / blood
  • Lyme Disease / diagnosis*
  • Lyme Disease / drug therapy
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Serologic Tests / statistics & numerical data