Early management of meningococcal disease: Do attitudes of GPs influence practice?

Kari Jarvinen*, Linda Selvey, Chris Del Mar, Michael Tilse, Robyn Pugh

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Survival from early meningococcal disease might be improved if general practitioners followed guidelines by immediately administering parenteral antibiotics (before hospital referral). METHODS: Structured telephone interviews with 20 GPs who had previously treated meningococcal cases. RESULTS: General practitioners knew guideline recommendations for early management of meningococcal disease: early parenteral antibiotics would be given by about half the GPs entertaining a diagnosis of meningococcal infection. Barriers to immediate treatment were: diagnostic uncertainty, regarding the case as nonurgent, and practising close to a hospital. DISCUSSION: Diagnosing meningococcal disease is difficult in general practice. Early antibiotic administration for suspected cases is appropriate even in close proximity to referral hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-894
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Volume34
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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