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Adherence to therapeutic guidelines for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in Australian hospitals

Adler,N, Weber,H, Gunadasa,I, Hughes,A and Friedman,N 2014, Adherence to therapeutic guidelines for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in Australian hospitals, Clinical medicine insights: circulatory, respiratory and pulmonary medicine, vol. 8, pp. 17-20, doi: 10.4137/CCRPM.S17978.

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Title Adherence to therapeutic guidelines for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in Australian hospitals
Author(s) Adler,N
Weber,H
Gunadasa,I
Hughes,A
Friedman,N
Journal name Clinical medicine insights: circulatory, respiratory and pulmonary medicine
Volume number 8
Start page 17
End page 20
Publisher Libertas Academica
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1179-5484
Keyword(s) antimicrobial prescribing
clinical guidelines
community-acquired pneumonia
pneumonia severity tools
Summary Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in elderly patients, and is associated with a considerable economic burden on the healthcare system. The combination of high incidence and substantial financial costs necessitate accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of patients admitted with CAP. This article will discuss the rates of adherence to clinical guidelines, the use of severity scoring tools and the appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing for patients diagnosed with CAP. The authors maintain that awareness of national and hospital guidelines is imperative to complement the physicians' clinical judgment with evidence-based recommendations. Increased use of pneumonia severity assessment tools and greater adherence to therapeutic guidelines will enhance concordant antimicrobial prescribing for patients with CAP. A robust and multifaceted educational intervention, in combination with antimicrobial stewardship programs, may enhance compliance of CAP guidelines in clinical practice in Australia.
Language eng
DOI 10.4137/CCRPM.S17978
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Libertas Academica
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30071730

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