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Are Emergency Departments Appropriately Treating Adolescent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

Monika Goyal, MD1,2,3; Adam Hersh, MD, PhD4; Xianqun Luan, MS5; Russell Localio, MS, PhD2,5; Maria Trent, MD, MPH6; Theoklis Zaoutis, MD, MSCE2,5
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1Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington, DC
2Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
3Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
4University of Utah, Salt Lake City
5Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(7):672-673. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1042.
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Of the almost 1 million annually diagnosed cases of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), 20% occur among adolescents.1 Because reproductive health concerns are the most common reasons for emergency department (ED) visits among adolescent girls, it is critical that ED providers are knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of PID. The objective of this study was to evaluate adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PID treatment guidelines among a nationally representative sample of adolescent ED PID visits.

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