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Table 2 Patient characteristics and antibiotic prescribing (N = 962)

From: Visit complexity, diagnostic uncertainty, and antibiotic prescribing for acute cough in primary care: a retrospective study

Characteristic Yes No Not mentioned Prescribed antibiotics
  N (%) N (%)
Symptoms
 Nasal symptoms 556 (58) 112 (12) 294 (31) 132 (24)
 Sore throat 471 (49) 120 (12) 371 (39) 101 (21)
 Phlegm/sputum 375 (39) 316 (32) 271 (28) 91 (24)
 Fevers 272 (28) 475 (49) 215 (22) 76 (28)
 Headache 223 (23) 122 (13) 617 (64) 64 (29)
 Myalgias 187 (19) 58 (6) 717 (75) 46 (25)
 Shortness of breath 134 (14) 352 (37) 476 (49) 34 (25)
 Chest pain 108 (11) 263 (27) 591 (61) 19 (18)
Physical exam findings
 Oropharyngeal abnormality 248 (26) 496 (52) 218 (23) 54 (22)
 Lymphadenopathy 132 (14) 613 (64) 217 (23) 43 (33)
 Tympanic membrane or external auditory canal abnormality 117 (12) 296 (31) 549 (57) 39 (33)
 Abnormal appearance 114 (12) 632 (66) 216 (22) 38 (33)
 Abnormal lung sounds 106 (11) 755 (78) 101 (10) 46 (43)
 Wheezing 100 (10) 394 (41) 468 (49) 27 (27)