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randomised controlled trial.
blinded (patients, healthcare providers, data collectors, outcome assessors, and data analysts).
Follow up period:
7 days for the primary outcome plus an extra 5 weeks to assess relapse.
12 primary practices in Oxfordshire, UK.
326 children 6 months to 12 years of age (mean age 3 y, 53% boys) who had acute infective conjunctivitis. Exclusion criteria included allergy to chloramphenicol, use of antibiotics (current or within the previous 48 h), evidence of severe infection, and children …
For correspondence: Dr P W Rose, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Source of funding: Medical Research Council.