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Procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy and hospitalization in patients with lower respiratory tract infections: a prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial

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Background: Lower respiratory tract infections like acute bronchitis, exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and community-acquired pneumonia are often unnecessarily treated with antibiotics, mainly because of physicians' difficulties to distinguish viral from bacterial cause and to estimate disease-severity. The goal of this trial is to compare medical outcomes, use of antibiotics and hospital resources in a strategy based on enforced eviden...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1186/1472-6963-7-102

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Tropical Medicine
Role:
Author
Publisher:
BioMed Central
Journal:
BMC Health Services Research More from this journal
Volume:
7
Article number:
102
Publication date:
2007-07-05
Acceptance date:
2007-07-05
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1472-6963
Language:
English
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uuid:08b0b1f3-7c96-4b20-b674-751930a6156c
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pubs:113049
Source identifiers:
113049
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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