Significance of the progression of respiratory symptoms for predicting community-acquired pneumonia in general practice (pages 969–974)
Masanori NAKANISHI, Yoshimasa YOSHIDA, Nobuya TAKEDA, Hirohumi HIRANA, Takahiro HORITA, Kazuhiko SHIMIZU, Kazuyuki HIRATANI, Shigeo TOYODA, Takayuki MATSUMURA, Eizi SHINNO, Satoru KAWAI, Akihiro FUTAMURA, Masanari OTA and Toshiki NATAZUKA
Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01807.x
There are no precise and validated criteria for predicting community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). In primary care patients with suspected CAP are typically identified by symptoms and signs. This study showed that progression of symptoms was a significant factor for predicting the incidence of CAP.