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The SCOUT study finally arrives

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This study started recruiting in 2012 from two children’s hospital in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and it took 7 years to recruit. Congratulations to the researchers. It illustrates, that to deliver a rigourous well managed, randomised controlled trial in children with a common clinical problem, it takes time and commitment. Zaoutis T et al (JAMA Pediatr doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.1979) have tackled the topic of antibiotic treatment for uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in children. How long should we treat for? They have compared the efficacy of standard-course (10 days) and short-course therapy (5 days) for children with UTI. Thus the ‘The Short …

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