BJGP September 2011

Confusingly, mildly red eyes are more likely to need antibiotics than moderately or severely red ones in conjunctivitis.  A more useful finding of the same study was that purulent discharge was associated with a need for antibiotics.

And there’s hope for getting long-term benzo users off their hook.  Three RCTs show that a letter to patients, with or without a short consultation, persuaded one in twelve long-term users to kick the habit.  The points to include were:

  • concern over the patient’s long-term use of hypnotics
  • potential side-effects
  • advice on gradual reduction.

The studies in question are:

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