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Treating Children with Throat Infections

What was measured?

What percentage of children in the HMO, ages 2-18, who were diagnosed with pharyngitis (throat infection) and given an antibiotic medication, were tested for strep throat.

These results are based on a sample of HMO patient administrative records.

Why is it important?

Doing a strep throat test for children who are believed to have a throat infection is the recommended standard for good medical care. A throat culture or other test can confirm the infection and make sure that antibiotics are being used where they work. Without the strep throat test, many children are put at risk for the improper use of antibiotics - leading to complications and reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics overall.

Look for differences of at least four percentage points.

Smaller differences are often not significant.

Treating Children with Throat Infections
Health Plan (HMO) Rating
  • 0% (worse)
  • (better) 100%
Kaiser Permanente - Northern California 85%
Health Net of California 40%
CIGNA HealthCare of California 37%
Blue Cross of California - HMO 27%