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Table 7 Antibiotic prescribing rates differentiated by age and final diagnosis

From: The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department

  Receiving antibiotics  
Total (%) 0–3 months (%) 3–6 months (%) 6–12 months (%) 1–3 years (%) 3–6 years (%) 6–10 years (%) 10–16 years (%) p value#
All 32.4 27.9 24.2 24 31.9 37 34.5 40.3 0.0001
Bacterial 89.6 85 96.8 84.3 93 89 87.7 91.9 0.3610
Viral 6.6 20.8 10 3.2 9.4 4 2.60 5.7 0.0001
Inflammatory 14.9 0 0 0 9.5 17.2 23.1 12.5 0.9330
Trivial 10.8 0 50 0 9.7 8.1 20 5.3 0.0820
Unknown 36.4 17.3 19.2 25.5 35.7 43.3 42.2 48.1 0.0001
  1. #Chi-squared test