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Patterns of Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment by family physicians in a southeastern state.

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Abstract

This study examined how often physicians in Georgia diagnose and treat
Lyme disease as well as the criteria they use to reach a diagnosis of
Lyme disease. A survey was sent to 1,331 family physicians in Georgia concerning how many cases of
Lyme disease the physicians diagnosed, and the criteria used to make the diagnosis, during the preceding 12 months. Of 710 responses, 167 physicians treated 316 cases of
Lyme disease without a firm diagnosis. In addition, 125 physicians diagnosed 262 cases of
Lyme disease, 130 without serologic testing and 132 with serologic testing. Family Physicians in Georgia diagnose
Lyme disease at a rate 40 times greater than the surveillance case rate reported in Georgia.

J Community Health. 2002 Dec;27(6):395-402.

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