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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: 81%

National Average: 78%



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 and 2012 report reflect information provided by four commercial health plans and also did not include any Medicaid information.


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Practice Name
#
Score
ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE ASSOCIATES IN FAMILY CARE 33 75.8%
0.758
BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER BLUE SPRINGS FAMILY CARE CENTER 36 83.3%
0.833
CHILD CARE LTD CHILD CARE LTD 53 71.7%
0.717
CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC 32 100%
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CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 35 97.1%
0.971
COCKERELL & MC INTOSH COCKERELL & MC INTOSH 61 93.4%
0.934
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 138 76.8%
0.768
CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE 42 92.9%
0.929
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 44 70.5%
0.705
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 58 86.2%
0.862
HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN 150 61.3%
0.613
INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS 81 93.8%
0.938
JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS 58 98.3%
0.983
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 84 70.2%
0.702
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 36 75%
0.75
NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES 46 80.4%
0.804
PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 63 79.4%
0.794
PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH 48 91.7%
0.917
PEDIATRIC CARE SPECIALISTS PEDIATRIC CARE SPECIALISTS 62 80.6%
0.806
PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS 37 97.3%
0.973
PREFERRED PEDIATRICS PREFERRED PEDIATRICS 60 81.7%
0.817
PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS 50 84%
0.84
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 40 82.5%
0.825
SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP SUNFLOWER MEDICAL GROUP 72 61.1%
0.611
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 73 87.7%
0.877
VILLAGE PEDIATRIC VILLAGE PEDIATRIC 38 100%
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