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Children's Health: Right test and treatment for sore throats

Pharyngitis - often simply referred to as a sore throat - is common but rarely serious. By testing for bacterial infections such as strep throat, an appropriate diagnosis can be made. This test is a swab of the throat, which can be done by a rapid test in your doctor's office or in a lab, which takes 48 hours. If the test is negative, the sore throat is probably caused by a virus and antibiotics are not the best treatment.

This measure shows the percent of children in each practice who had a sore throat and got an antibiotic after having a throat swab test. A higher number is better. Getting antibiotics without the throat swab is not correct according to this measure.

If your doctor's office is not listed it means there was not enough information available to report this measure.

Why it is important:
Having a sore throat doesn't always mean your child has a bacterial infection. If your child doesn't have a bacterial infection (strep throat), he or she doesn't need an antibiotic. Overusing antibiotics is not good because the bacteria develops resistance and over time antibiotics may become less effective. Making your child immune to antibiotics can make it harder to fight a serious infection later.

What you and your doctor should do:
Good health requires a partnership. Your doctor cannot do it alone. You and your doctor should talk about the best tests and medicines to diagnose and treat possible strep throat.

Get tips on talking to your doctor and asking the right questions

Greater Kansas City Area Average: 82.6%

National Average: 76%



Information for the 2008 report was provided by six commercial health plans which also included two managed Medicaid health plans. Information for the 2009 and 2010 reports were provided by five commercial health plans and did not include any Medicaid information. The 2011 report reflects information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC 35 94.3%
0.943
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 31 93.5%
0.935
COCKERELL & MC INTOSH COCKERELL & MC INTOSH 86 95.3%
0.953
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 174 82.8%
0.828
CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE 50 96%
0.96
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 46 67.4%
0.674
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 48 97.9%
0.979
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS PEDIATRICS EXCELSIOR SPRINGS PEDIATRICS 32 18.8%
0.188
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 99 87.9%
0.879
HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN 140 56.4%
0.564
INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS 127 92.9%
0.929
JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS 99 90.9%
0.909
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 106 63.2%
0.632
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 40 82.5%
0.825
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 31 87.1%
0.871
NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES 55 81.8%
0.818
PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 87 92%
0.92
PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH 55 89.1%
0.891
PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS 55 90.9%
0.909
PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS 54 87%
0.87
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 55 69.1%
0.691
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 34 82.4%
0.824
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 84 86.9%
0.869
VILLAGE PEDIATRIC VILLAGE PEDIATRIC 57 98.2%
0.982