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Study of prediction rules for serious childhood infection found that there are several clinical features which are helpful in diagnosing whether a child has a serious infection but that none on its own is sufficient. Clinical 'gut feeling' and diagnostic safety netting are used to fill this 'diagnostic gap'.

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M Thompson, A Van den Bruel, J Verbakel, M Lakhanpaul, T Haj-Hassan, R Stevens, H Moll, F Buntinx, M Berger, B Aertgeerts, R Oostenbrink & D Mant.

M Thompson 1,*, A Van den Bruel 1, J Verbakel 2, M Lakhanpaul 3, T Haj-Hassan 1, R Stevens 1, H Moll 4, F Buntinx 2, M Berger 5, B Aertgeerts 2, R Oostenbrink 4, D Mant 1

1 Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
2 Department of General Practice, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
3 Department of Paediatrics, Division of Medical Education and Social Care, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
4 Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus MC-Sophia, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
5 Department of General Practice, Groningen, the Netherlands
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