URTI – Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

Educational aims

  • To explore attitudes to minor illness in general practice

Objectives

  • Definition of minor illness.
  • Reasons for consulting with a minor illness.
  • Awareness of hidden reasons for consulting – ticket of admission.
  • Use of consultation far doctor’s agenda –Stott & Davies equation.
  • Handling the problems encountered with this type of consultation:
    • Explanation andreassurance.
    • Patient demand eg: antibiotics.
    • The sore throat. What is tonsillitis?
    • Recurrent consultations for minor illness.
    • Children vs adults.

Outline

  • Definition of minor illness
  • Scenarios
    • confidence
    • explanation
    • being positive
    • prognosis
    • understanding
    • positivereassurance
    • checking out
    • hidden agenda
    • negotiation
    • trust
    • pen door

See this link for sore throats: https://www.gp-training.net/aabc/clinical/ent/sore-throats/ 

Resources:

  • URTI action plan
  • Guide to infectious diseases med037
  • Common diseases gen028
  • The nature of family practice gen023 part 4 nos 309,310
  • URTI problem patients
  • Initial reference: Markovitch, Howie, Josse: URTI in children. BMJ 1981: 283, 889-92
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