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New guidelines for the management of adult community-acquired pneumonia

Armitage, Kathryn; Woodhead, Mark

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: April 2007 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 170–176
doi: 10.1097/QCO.0b013e3280803d70
Respiratory infections
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Purpose of review Community-acquired pneumonia is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, and is the leading cause of death from an infectious disease. International societies have published and revised guidelines aiming to improve the management of adult community-acquired pneumonia, based on the best available evidence. The aim of this review is to compare the current guideline recommendations.

Recent findings Aspects of guidelines differ based on local factors including resources and antimicrobial factors, as well as the differences in interpretation of existing evidence.

Summary The lack of robust evidence behind aspects of guideline recommendations as well as the lack of adherence to published guidelines both need to be addressed if the management of community-acquired pneumonia is to be improved.

Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK

Correspondence to Dr Mark Woodhead, Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine and Honorary Lecturer, Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK Tel: +44 (0)161 276 4381; fax: +44 (0)161 276 4989; e-mail: mark.woodhead@cmmc.nhs.uk

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.