PHE UTI guideline

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A brief guide to the diagnosis and management of UTIs in primary care, which includes clear algorithms for the assessment of urinary symptoms.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can have several differential diagnoses, for example, overactive bladder. To avoid the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics, a correct diagnosis of UTIs at the first point of contact, usually within a primary care setting, is important. Appropriate prescribing ensures that patients receive the correct treatment and reduces the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections.

This Guidelines summary explains how to investigate symptoms of UTI and when to send urine for culture, and includes algorithms for the assessment of urinary symptoms in children under 16 years, women under 65 years, and adults over the 65 years of age. 

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