Severity assessment

December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supplement 4, Vol. 56, piv29
Academic Journal
The article focuses on severity assessment of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). CAP presents to physicians both in primary and secondary care as a wide spectrum of illness from mild and self-limiting to a life threatening and occasionally fatal disease. This breadth of illness severity is reflected in the variable mortality rates reported by studies of CAP in different clinical settings. A large number of studies conducted in hospital and ICUs have employed univariate analysis to identify risk factors associated with a poor prognosis. In hospital mortality has been the most common outcome measure. Univariate studies have suggested that over 40 different parameters are associated with mortality.


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