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July 14, 2004

Strategies to Diagnose and Treat Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(2):167. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.167-b

In Reply: Dr Gonzales and colleagues argue that they have already provided an explicit rationale for the treatment recommendations they describe. However, they and others have recommended that prospective studies should be conducted to compare the strategies outlined in their principles for the diagnosis of suspected GAS pharyngitis.1,2 Indeed, our study does provide prospectively collected empirical data to test several possible strategies to diagnose GAS pharyngitis.