Evid Based Nurs 3:48 doi:10.1136/ebn.3.2.48
  • Treatment

Review: antibiotics have a slight beneficial effect on acute bronchitis

Antibiotics v placebo for outcomes of acute bronchitis measured by ≥4 trials

Outcomes Number of trials Weighted mean decrease (95% CI)
* Not significant.
† Heterogeneity existed among these studies.
Days of purulent sputum 6 0.4 d (-0.1 to 0.8)*
Days of cough 4 0.5 d (-0.1 to 1.1)*†
Days off work 6 0.3 d (-0.6 to 1.1)*†

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