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Aiming to find out which children with cough are most likely to go on to develop pneumonia

Children who have a cough are often prescribed antibiotics when their GP thinks they may have a Lower Respiratory Tract Infection (LRTI). GPs are currently not easily able to identify which children with cough are most likely to develop a more serious chest infection such as pneumonia, and which children are most likely to benefit from antibiotics.

We are running two studies which aim to find the clinical features that best predict which children visiting their GP with a cough will go on to develop complications:

3C – Cough Complications Cohort Study. In collaboration with the University of Southampton this study will recruit 30,000 adults and children presenting to their GPs from across the UK

TARGET. In collaboration with the University of Bristol, this study is recruiting 8,000 children presenting to their GPs from across the UK

For more information contact Sue SmithVictoria Hardy or Matthew Thompson