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What was measured?
What percentage of children, ages 2 to 18, who were diagnosed with pharyngitis (throat infection) and given an antibiotic medication, were tested for strep throat?
These results are based on patient records from the medical group or HMO.
Why is it important?
A child who has a throat infection should be tested for strep throat before being treated. A throat culture is the test that tells the doctor whether your child has a strep infection and whether to prescribe antibiotics. Without the test, your child may be given an antibiotic when it is not needed.
Sharp Rees-Stealy Score: 91.1 percent
State Average: 55.99 percent
Information courtesy of the California Office of the Patient Advocate.
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