C-reactive protein cut-offs used for acute respiratory infections in Danish general practice

Jesper Lykkegaard, Jonas Kanstrup Olsen, Rikke Vognbjerg Sydenham, Malene Hansen

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Background: General practitioners (GPs) can use C-reactive protein (CRP) point-of-care test to assist when deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics for patients with acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Aim: To estimate which CRP cut-off levels Danish GPs use to guide antibiotic prescribing for patients presenting with different signs and symptoms of RTIs. Design and setting: Cross-sectional study. General practice in Denmark. Methods: During winter 2017 and 2018, 143 GPs and their staff registered consecutive patients with symptoms of an RTI according to the Audit Project Odense method. CRP cut-offs were estimated as the lowest level at which half of the patients were prescribed an antibiotic. Results: In total, 7,813 patients were diagnosed with an RTI of whom 4,617 (59 had a CRP test performed. At least 250 mg/L, at least 500 mg/L, and at least 750 mg/L. Lower thresholds were identified for patients aged 65 years and those presenting with a fever, poor general appearance, dyspnoea, abnormal lung auscultation or ear/facial pain - and if the duration of symptoms was either short (
TidsskriftBritish Journal of General Practice Open
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - jan. 2021