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Table 3 Types of diagnosis

From: Understanding the influence of parent-clinician communication on antibiotic prescribing for children with respiratory tract infections in primary care: a qualitative observational study using a conversation analysis approach

Diagnosis Frequency (%) Example
Viral diagnosis (explicit) 37 (66%) So it all looks as if he’s got a virus” (C212: GP)
Viral diagnosis (implied) 9 (16%) a usual cough” (C218: GP)
there doesn’t seem to be anything sinister happening at the moment” (C202: PA)
‘Infection’ diagnosis 6 (11%) this probably looks more like she has got a bit of a chest infection rather than a viral cold” (C220: NP)
Pneumonia diagnosis 1 (2%) if a child complains of chest pain it is a pneumonia until you can prove otherwise.” (C19: GP)
No diagnosis but bacterial infection implied by antibiotic prescription linked to specific symptoms 3 (5%) I think if the phlegm was yellowy, it’s probably worth using an antibiotic” (C213: GP)
she’s had a temperature for now, for over a week coming down. That’s quite a long time to be having a temperature” (C224: NP)