Treatment of community-acquired pneumonia

Low, Donald E.
December 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/2/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 12, p1245
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the study by Vardakas and colleagues on the meta-analysis of treatment strategies for community-acquired pneumonia. He contends that the study did not establish the effective outcome of using β lactam and macrolide antibiotics. He also contests that the antibiotic resistance pattern is limited to 13 trials. He suggests that previous exposure to a specific antimicrobial in the past 3 months or resistance that exceeds 25% must lead to alternative antibiotics.


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