Results of a survey of community-acquired-pneumonia and evaluation of old and new Japanese Respiratory Society guidelines

Kazunori Gomi, Makoto Miki, Shigeru Itabashi, Tohru Kikuchi, Shinichi Miur, Toshiki Shikanai, Hiroshi Inoue, Kenichi Takeuchi, Akio Kanda, Shuzo Suzukio, Hideyuki Nakagawa, Mitsunobu Hommma, Hiroshi Miki, Tatsuya Abe, Katsushi Nishimaki, Hiroshi Saito, Hideo Yasugahir, Tsuneo Sayam, Makoto Sat, Ryo KikuchiYoshihiro Honda, Akihiko Kawan, Akira Watanabe

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Abstract

We evaluated the usefulness of domestic and foreign guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with community-acquired-pneumonia at 23 institutions in 6 prefectures of the Tohoku Area, from December 2003 to November 2004. Based on the old and new Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) guidelines, we evaluated severity, clinical efficacy and detection of atypical pneumonia. As for severity, the old guidelines led to the diagnosis of an excessive number of 'severe' cases. On the other hand, patients were appropriately diagnosed as having mild, moderate, severe, or very severe disease based on the new JRS guidelines (2005). The severity classification often correlated with the Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) of the IDSA guidelines. The efficacy rate for patients who were prescribed the recommended drug according to the old JRS guidelines was 85.7% and for those who did not use the recommended drug it was 68.7% (p < 0.001).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-843
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kokyūki Gakkai zasshi = the journal of the Japanese Respiratory Society
Volume45
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov
Externally publishedYes

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