Using data from the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) project Dr Hilary Gorges, an academic registrar supervised by Prof Clare Heal at James Cook University, has recently had the paper Prevalence and Associations of General Practice Registrars’ Management of Impetigo published in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual.
Gorges H, Heal C, van Driel ML, Tapley A, Davis J, Davey AR, Holliday EG, Ball JI, Spike NA, Fitzgerald K, Magin PJ. Prevalence and associations of GP registrars’ management impetigo: a cross-sectional analysis from the registrars’ clinical encounters in training (ReCEnT) study, Dermatol Pract Concept 2020;10(2):e2020043
What is impetigo?
Impetigo is a mild bacterial skin infection of childhood that is usually managed empirically in primary care. Caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes, it is associated with poverty and tropical environments.
What was the objective of the study?
To establish the prevalence and associations of impetigo in general practice registrars’ consultations.
How was the study carried out?
The study carried out a cross-sectional analysis of the ReCEnT study data.
What did the study find?
Impetigo accounts for 0.43 per 100 GP registrar consultations in Australia.
- Association with outer regional/remote areas may reflect climate and socioeconomic factors that predispose to impetigo.
- Associated pathology requests may reflect a lack of confidence in GP registrars’ management of impetigo.
- Cultural differences may exist regarding health-seeking behavior relating to impetigo.
How do I learn more?
For more information about the ReCEnT project please contact Professor Parker Magin or call 1300 477 963.