A Community Pharmacists Guide to Assessing and Treating Pharyngitis


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This is a joint program offered through PANS and Dalhousie University Continuing Pharmacy Education 

Presented by Dr. Emily Black and Dr. Laurie Graham

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the most likely organisms that cause pharyngitis
  • Compare and contrast clinical presentation of bacterial pharyngitis and viral pharyngitis
  • Complete a physical assessment of the head and neck and recognize clinical signs of strep pharyngitis
  • Recognize complications of bacterial pharyngitis
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of clinical decision rules
  • List criteria for diagnosis of bacterial pharyngitis
  • Refer patients with sore throat who present with complicating factors
  • Identify patients that may benefit from microbiologic testing for possible bacterial pharyngitis
  • Describe the sensitivity and specificity of rapid antigen detection tests, molecular tests, and throat cultures in diagnosing pharyngitis
  • Complete a throat swab for a patient with suspected bacterial pharyngitis and interpret results
  • Identify goals of therapy for management of pharyngitis
  • List options for treatment of bacterial pharyngitis
  • Recommend pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management for patients presenting with bacterial pharyngitis
  • Provide patient education for management of pharyngitis
  • Apply principals of antimicrobial stewardship in caring for a patient with pharyngitis

The author of this presentation has made every effort to ensure content in this CE is up to date at the time of the original live presentation in January 2023. Pharmacists are expected to maintain professional competency when prescribing for pharyngitis and familiarize themselves with new evidence and guidelines as they become available.

*This program has been accredited for a Maximum of 2 CEUs (1 CEU/hour) by Continuing Pharmacy Education, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University.