Aetiology and epidemiology

December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supplement 4, Vol. 56, piv15
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the aetiology and epidemiology of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). No two studies of the aetiology of CAP are the same. Apparent differences in the observed frequency of pathogens, while possibly real, may also be due to a number of other factors including health care delivery, population factors such as age mix, the frequency of alcoholism, comorbid diseases, immunosuppression, and malignancy and study factors such as the type and number of samples collected, investigations performed, and interpretation of results.


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