[General practitioners who use CRP have a lower antibiotic prescribing rate to patients with sinusitis--secondary publication]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2005 Jun 20;167(25-31):2775-7.
[Article in Danish]


Sinusitis is associated with overuse of antibiotics. The aim of this study was to determine whether GPs who use the CRP rapid test (CRP) have a lower antibiotic prescribing rate for sinusitis. During a three-week period, a group of GPs registered all patients with respiratory tract infections (n = 17,792). GPs using CRP prescribed antibiotics for 59% and GPs not using CRP prescribed antibiotics for 78% of the patients with sinusitis. CRP was the factor exerting the greatest influence on the prescribing of antibiotics. Implementing CRP in general practice may lead to a reduction in antibiotic prescribing to patients with sinusitis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • C-Reactive Protein / analysis*
  • Denmark
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug Utilization
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / drug therapy
  • Sinusitis / drug therapy*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • C-Reactive Protein