Acute bronchitis is a clinical diagnosis presenting as a cough +/- sputum, and usually has a viral aetiology. Acute bronchitis is a very common presentation to Australian general practice, managed at a rate of about two per 100 encounters and is the fourth most commonly managed new problem overall. While almost always a mild and self-limiting illness, acute bronchitis can be challenging for GP registrars to manage due to concern about missing more serious illness e.g. pneumonia, as well as managing patient expectations for antibiotic treatment.
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