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Local guidelines for management of adult community acquired pneumonia: a survey of UK hospitals
  1. B Barker1,
  2. J Macfarlane2,
  3. W S Lim3,
  4. G Douglas4,
  5. J Macfarlane3
  1. 1
    Respiratory Medicine, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shropshire, UK
  2. 2
    Respiratory Unit, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3
    City Hospital Campus, Nottingham University Hospital, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4
    Chest Clinic, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Dr B Barker, Respiratory Medicine, Princess Royal Hospital, Apley Castle, Telford, Shropshire TF1 6TF, UK; bethanbarker{at}hotmail.com

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There are continuing advances in severity assessment and antibiotic therapy for community acquired pneumonia (CAP). The British Thoracic Society (BTS) updated its national guidelines on adult CAP management in 2004.1 2 A study was undertaken to examine local and national influences on guidelines used in UK hospitals for the management of adult CAP.

Methods

A questionnaire was sent to each of the 254 hospitals in the BTS directory in September 2006 (see fig 1 in online supplement). Data were analysed using Microsoft Excel. Differences in categorical variables were tested for statistical significance using the χ2 test with the Fisher exact test.

Results

The response rate was 60% (n = 152); 92% of hospitals (n = 140) had locally written CAP guidelines (although in only …

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests: JTM was chairman of the BTS committee which published the 2001 and 2004 CAP guidelines. WSL is chairman of the current BTS CAP Guidelines Committee.

  • ▸ The questionnaire is published online only at http://thorax.bmj.com/content/vol64/issue2