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Predicting the presence of bacterial pathogens in the airways of primary care patients with acute cough

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BACKGROUND: Bacterial testing of all patients who present with acute cough is not feasible in primary care. Furthermore, the extent to which easily obtainable clinical information predicts bacterial infection is unknown. We evaluated the diagnostic value of clinical examination and testing for C-reactive protein and procalcitonin for bacterial lower respiratory tract infection.

METHODS: Through a European diagnostic study, we recruited 3104 adults w...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1503/cmaj.151364

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Grant:
FP6 GRACE project LSHM-CT-2005-518226
Publisher:
Canadian Medical Association Publisher's website
Journal:
Canadian Medical Association Journal Journal website
Volume:
189
Issue:
2
Pages:
E50-E55
Publication date:
2017-01-16
Acceptance date:
2016-08-16
DOI:
EISSN:
1488-2329
ISSN:
0820-3946
Pubs id:
pubs:675528
URN:
uri:50b31b6b-ae25-412f-aa94-617eaa7b1656
UUID:
uuid:50b31b6b-ae25-412f-aa94-617eaa7b1656
Local pid:
pubs:675528
Paper number:
2
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