Table 1. Characteristics of randomised children at baseline
GP use of CRP (= 136)Control
(= 165)
Median age, years (range)3 (0–11)2 (0–11)
Female sex, n (%)65 (47.8)81 (49.1)
Abnormalities at auscultation, n (%)71 (50.4) 83 (49.4)
Signs of otitis media acuta, n (%)13 (9.2)23 (13.7)
Signs of tonsillitis, n (%)17 (12.1)18 (10.7)
Mean temperature, °C38.238.0
Estimated severity of illness by GP, range (mean)0.3–8.5 (4.0)0–8.0 (3.8)
Recruited at out-of-hours service49 (36.0)49 (29.7)
Low social economic status4 (2.9)17 (10.3)