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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: 76.2%

National Average: 74%



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 54 50%
0.5
BABY AND CHILD ASSOCIATES BABY AND CHILD ASSOCIATES 90 87.8%
0.878
BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES BRIARCLIFF MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 60 66.7%
0.667
CHILDREN'S MERCY PCC CLINIC CHILDREN'S MERCY PCC CLINIC 127 82.7%
0.827
CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC CHILDREN'S MERCY SOUTH URGENT CARE CLINIC 30 90%
0.9
CHILDREN'S MERCY WEST CHILDREN'S MERCY WEST 61 80.3%
0.803
CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC CLAY PLATTE FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC 44 81.8%
0.818
COCKERELL & MC INTOSH COCKERELL & MC INTOSH 352 92.9%
0.929
COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE COLLEGE PARK FAMILY CARE 260 63.1%
0.631
CONCORDIA MEDICAL CLINIC CONCORDIA MEDICAL CLINIC 38 18.4%
0.184
CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE CRADLE THROUGH COLLEGE CARE 58 93.1%
0.931
CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE CREEKWOOD FAMILY CARE 85 63.5%
0.635
ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP ENCOMPASS MEDICAL GROUP 130 81.5%
0.815
EXCEL SPORTS EXCEL SPORTS 79 17.7%
0.177
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS PEDIATRICS EXCELSIOR SPRINGS PEDIATRICS 60 1.7%
0.017
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES OF WEST. CENTRA FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES OF WEST. CENTRA 47 76.6%
0.766
GARDNER FAMILY CARE GARDNER FAMILY CARE 34 70.6%
0.706
GASHLAND CLINIC GASHLAND CLINIC 112 87.5%
0.875
GOLDEN VALLEY MEDICAL - CLINTON GOLDEN VALLEY MEDICAL - CLINTON 31 48.4%
0.484
HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN 108 55.6%
0.556
INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS INDEPENDENCE PEDIATRICS 313 89.8%
0.898
JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS JOHNSON COUNTY PEDIATRICS 100 93%
0.93
KANSAS CITY CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLINIC KANSAS CITY CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLINIC 47 87.2%
0.872
KANSAS CITY PEDIATRIC KANSAS CITY PEDIATRIC 61 70.5%
0.705
KU MEDWEST KU MEDWEST 87 89.7%
0.897
KUPI DEPT OF PEDIATRICS-KCKS KUPI DEPT OF PEDIATRICS-KCKS 54 61.1%
0.611
LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP LEE'S SUMMIT PHYSICIANS GROUP 151 51.7%
0.517
NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE NKC INTERNAL MEDICINE 146 95.9%
0.959
NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE NORTHLAND FAMILY CARE 32 81.3%
0.813
NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES NORTHLAND PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES 63 95.2%
0.952
PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES OF OLATHE 92 92.4%
0.924
PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH PEDIATRIC CARE NORTH 41 90.2%
0.902
PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS PEDIATRIC PROFESSIONALS 143 93.7%
0.937
PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS PRIORITY CARE PEDIATRICS 33 81.8%
0.818
SAMUEL U RODGERS CHC SAMUEL U RODGERS CHC 44 65.9%
0.659
SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP SHAWNEE MISSION PHYSICIANS GROUP 101 60.4%
0.604
ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL GROUP 58 79.3%
0.793
SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES 42 78.6%
0.786
TENNEY PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE TENNEY PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT MEDICINE 46 89.1%
0.891
THE LIBERTY CLINIC THE LIBERTY CLINIC 79 75.9%
0.759
TMC E TMC E 36 69.4%
0.694
VILLAGE PEDIATRIC VILLAGE PEDIATRIC 31 96.8%
0.968
WYANDOTTE PEDIATRICS WYANDOTTE PEDIATRICS 70 84.3%
0.843