Introduction and methods

December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supplement 4, Vol. 56, piv7
Academic Journal
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and utilisation of health service resources. Recognising the clinical importance of CAP, numerous countries have developed national guidelines in the last decade, including Great Britain, the U.S., Canada, France and Italy, among others. Those from the British Thoracic Society and the American Thoracic Society received much publicity and differed with regard to likely aetiology and antibiotic management. Over the last decade there is perceived to have been a change in the pattern of adult CAP in Great Britain. This has resulted in a pressure to alter the empirical management of CAP to new broader spectrum antibiotics and also combination antibiotic therapy.


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