#20 Evidence Based Pearls for Respiratory Tract Infections

Dr. Daniel Aronov

This episode is a live broadcast from a lecture given at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners conference. It is a collection of my favourite evidence-based clinical pearls for the most common presentation in primary care: respiratory tract infections. We’ll cover antibiotics for otitis media, sore throat and bronchitis, steroids for sore throat, Tamiflu, treatments for cough and a few other random things in between.
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