Table 3

Parents' assessment and prescription of antibiotics and referral to hospital

VariablePrescription of antibiotics, number (%)Referral to hospital, number (%)
Parents' assessment of sickness
 No opinion, n=17734 (19)12 (7)
 Viral infection, n=10114 (14)12 (12)
 Bacterial infection, n=11645 (39)7 (6)
Parents' assessment of degree of seriousness
 Think it is not serious but want a check, n=10312 (12)3 (3)
 Not sure, maybe in need of treatment, n=14937 (25)15 (10)
 Think antibiotics are needed, n=13444 (33)6 (5)
 Think the child needs hospitalisation, n=706 (86)