Perceptions and attitudes of French general practitioners towards rapid antigen diagnostic tests in acute pharyngitis using a randomized case vignette study
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nice, Service d'Infectiologie, Nice, France. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
(Impact Factor: 5.31).
03/2012; 67(6):1540-6. DOI: 10.1093/jac/dks073
This study had three objectives: (i) to assess the use of rapid antigen diagnostic tests (RADTs) and their impact on the antibiotic prescribing behaviour of general practitioners (GPs) for acute pharyngitis; (ii) to study the barriers to the use of RADTs; and (iii) to identify GPs' characteristics associated with non-compliance with French guidelines.
We conducted a cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 369 self-employed GPs in south-eastern France using a randomized case vignette study.
The availability of an RADT allowed a 44% relative reduction in the rate of antibiotic prescriptions. Of GPs for whom the test was available, 34% did not use an RADT in our acute pharyngitis vignette and 13% of those who used the test prescribed an antibiotic despite a negative RADT result. Non-compliance with French guidelines (i.e. not using an RADT and/or prescribing an antibiotic despite a negative RADT result) was independently associated with the following factors: less reading of medical journals, less benefits/risks discussion with patients about vaccinations and higher perception that clinical examination was sufficient to prescribe antibiotics. The three main declared barriers to RADT use were: time to perform the test, patient expectations regarding antibiotics and the perception that clinical examination was sufficient to decide to prescribe an antibiotic.
RADTs are a useful but not sufficient tool to reduce antibiotic prescribing in general practice. The results of this study increase understanding of the factors underlying clinical decision making for acute pharyngitis and may contribute to the development of interventions to improve practice.
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ABSTRACT: As a result of sub-optimal immunization levels, measles has re-emerged in the EU since 2008 (30 567 cases in 2011), and nearly half of the cases reported are in France. Our objectives were to assess knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices of French general practitioners (GPs) towards measles and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. In 2012, we surveyed 329 GPs in southeastern France. Forty-five percent reported that they saw patients with measles in 2011. They considered the risk of complications low among 2-5-year-old children and young adults without co-morbidity. Twenty percent knew that two MMR doses are 99% effective in preventing measles. Nearly all (95%) GPs stated that they verified the MMR status for patients <30 years old in 2011 (42% systematically, 37% often, 15% sometimes). Seventy-nine percent reported proposing MMR vaccination to non-immune relatives in contact with a patient with measles. Participation in continuing medical education courses and considering measles to be a serious disease were independently associated with such post-exposure vaccination. GPs considered the following were potential barriers to the second dose of MMR (MMR2): parents/patients' belief that measles is harmless (80%), parents/patients' fear of the vaccine's side effects (50%), difficulty in documenting vaccination (48%) and lack of reminders for MMR2 (16%). Finally, some GPs also had misconceptions about the severity of measles (13%) and the usefulness of MMR2 (12%), which also served as barriers. In conclusion, it is essential to raise GPs' awareness of this disease and fill any gaps in their knowledge, by providing them with evidence-based information on measles and MMR vaccination.
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ABSTRACT: Rapid group A Streptococcus (GAS) antigen detection tests (RDT) have high diagnostic performance for the management of acute pharyngitis and are recommended before any antibiotic (ATB) prescription in France to reduce ATB use. The rate of general practitioners (GPs) using GAS RDT is low and decreasing. Our aims were to describe the reasons for pediatricians and GPs not using RDT or for prescribing ATB despite of a negative RDT.
In 2011, a survey was conducted in a random sample of 368 GPs plus all ambulatory pediatricians (n=82) in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
Response rates were 74% (n=61) for pediatricians and 18% (n=68) for GPs. RDTs for pharyngitis were used by 75% [95% CI: 63-85] of pediatricians and 53% [95% CI: 41-64] of GPs (P<0.001). RDTs were systematically used in children 3years of age and older by only 59% of all physicians using RDTs. An ATB was systematically prescribed in case of positive RDT by 96% of physicians and eventually prescribed in case of negative RDT by 74%. The main reasons for ATB prescription in case of negative RDT were association with otitis media (51%), second visit for the same pharyngitis (45%), and high clinical suspicion of GAS pharyngitis (36%). Forty percent of non-RDT users had used them in the past. The 3 main reasons for not using RDT were the lack of time (57%), high confidence in clinical data to discriminate GAS pharyngitis (48%), and low confidence in RDT (27%).
This survey highlights the lack of knowledge about low and high discriminant values of clinical data and RDT, respectively, especially the excellent negative predictive value of RDTs, and an erroneous assessment of the low risk of missing GAS pharyngitis compared to the consequences of inappropriate ATB use.
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ABSTRACT: We tested the following hypotheses: (1) risk-averse general practitioners (GPs) might use more Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests (RADTs) in tonsillitis in children, probably to decrease their diagnostic uncertainty regarding the aetiology of the disease (viral vs due to group A Streptococcus); and (2) GPs not using RADT might prescribe more antibiotics when they are risk averse.
We conducted a cross-sectional survey of a nationwide French representative sample of 1093 GPs in 2012.
Multivariate analyses adjusted on the four stratification variables (age, gender, location and volume of activity, ie, the number of annual consultations) were performed to identify the risk domains associated with indicators of good or poor practice.
69.4% of GPs were aware of national guidelines regarding tonsillitis and declared that they had taken these guidelines into account for their last paediatric tonsillitis case. 59.1% declared they used RADT in their last patient aged between 3 and 16 years presenting with tonsillitis; 29.7% of these tests were positive. Among the GPs who used RADT, 30.7% prescribed an antibiotic; 98.3% did either prescribe an antibiotic because of a positive RADT result, or did not prescribe an antibiotic in view of a negative result. Among the GPs who did not use RADT, 50.7% prescribed an antibiotic. In multivariate analyses, risk-averse GPs declared being more aware of and compliant with guidelines (OR=1.56, p<0.01), and used RADTs more often for their last patient (OR=1.30, p<0.05). Among GPs not using RADT in their last patient, risk-averse GPs prescribed more antibiotics compared with risk-tolerant doctors (OR=1.18, p<0.05).
Individual risk attitudes influenced GPs' practices in tonsillitis, particularly the use of RADTs and antibiotic prescriptions.
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