Table 4

Relationship between GPs' clinical assessment of the presence of infection warranting antibiotics, the presence of bacterial and/or atypical pathogens, and the prescription of an antibiotic

GPs' clinical assessment of whether antibiotics are warranted (n=316) Antibiotic prescribed at first consultation, n (%) Bacterial and/or atypical pathogens identified, n (%)
Definitely warranted (36)36  (100%)22  (61%)
Probably warranted (125)125 (100%)51 (41%)
Probably not warranted (91)18 (20%)38 (42%)
Definitely not warranted (64)2 (3%)26 (41%)