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Decisions about Treating Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Lionel Mandell, MD
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From McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 1C3, Canada.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Lionel Mandell, MD, HHSC, Henderson Division, 40 Wing, Room 504, McMaster University, 711 Concession Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8V 1C3, Canada; e-mail, lmandell@mcmaster.ca.

Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(3):215-216. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-142-3-200502010-00014
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Whether to treat a patient with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) as an outpatient or as an inpatient is an extremely important decision, yet admission rates vary considerably (13). The nature of investigational tests, the types and route of administration of drugs selected for treatment, and the cost of care all differ according to the site of care. Inpatient treatment costs are often 20 to 25 times greater than outpatient costs (45).

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