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Review: some non-antibiotic treatments are effective for relieving acute sore throat

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 QUESTION: In patients with acute sore throat, are non-antibiotic treatments effective?

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Studies were identified by searching Medline (from 1966) and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry.

Study selection

Studies in any language were selected if they were controlled trials of any non-antibiotic intervention in a clinical setting. Exclusion criteria were excessive dropouts, no treatment, and unclear randomisation and blinding.

Data extraction

Data were extracted on type of treatment, definition of illness, patient characteristics, setting, blinding, and estimate of treatment effect. Outcome measures were patient centred sore throat symptoms. …

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