…the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that 73 percent of patients with uncomplicated appendicitis who were treated with antibiotics alone did not need surgery within the study's one-year follow-up period.
Researchers were not able to definitively prove that antibiotics weren't inferior to surgery. Researchers noted that they fell short of an anticipated 75 percent success rate for antibiotic therapy, given that 27 percent of patients ultimately required surgery in the year after initially being diagnosed with appendicitis and treated with drugs alone.
An appendectomy, on the other hand, has a roughly 99 percent success rate. As with any operation, however, it's not without risk.
Your group is assigned three resources to search to find recommendations related to this case and your PICO question. Within your group, decide how to divide the work. You will need to:
A –Essential Evidence Plus (STAT!Ref), UpToDate, AND PubMed
B –Essential Evidence Plus (STAT!Ref), UpToDate, AND PubMed Clinical Queries
C –UpToDate, PubMed, AND AAFP Conditions A-Z (STAT!Ref)
D –AAFP Conditions A-Z (STAT!Ref), Essential Evidence Plus (STAT!Ref), AND PubMed Clinical Queries
E – Essential Evidence Plus (STAT!Ref), AAFP Conditions A-Z (STAT!Ref), AND PubMed
QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS
What three resources did you consult?