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

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posted on 2024-06-06, 08:00 authored by N Adler, H Weber, I Gunadasa, Andrew HughesAndrew Hughes, N Friedman
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.

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Journal

Clinical medicine insights: circulatory, respiratory and pulmonary medicine

Volume

8

Pagination

17-20

Location

Auckland, New Zealand

eISSN

1179-5484

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Libertas Academica

Publisher

Libertas Academica

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