HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Adherence to pneumonia treatment guidelines results in better outcomes, Pitt study shows

A carefully implemented system of pneumonia care can lead to better outcomes and fewer unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study published in this week's issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

An estimated 5 million pneumonia cases are diagnosed each year in U.S. physician offices and hospital emergency rooms, accounting for 86 million days of restricted activity for those affected and more than $9 billion in health care costs. Despite its prevalence, physicians frequently overestimate the probability of death in many pneumonia patients, leading to potentially unnecessary and costly hospitalizations.

"Pneumonia is common, costly and serious, but for patients at lower risk it often can be treated successfully at home, which is what many low-risk patients prefer at 1/20th the cost of hospitalization," said Michael Fine, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, author of the study and a noted expert in the treatment of pneumonia.

The year-long, multi-center randomized trial conducted by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System involved 32 hospital emergency departments in Connecticut and southwestern Pennsylvania and more than 3,200 patients, all of whom were diagnosed with pneumonia but who posed varying risks of adverse outcomes from the disease.

"A unique aspect to this study was the use of one of three different interventions at sites, each of varying intensity, allowing us not only to alter care, but also to determine the amount of effort needed to create change," noted lead author Donald M. Yealy, M.D., professor and vice chair of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. "Similar efforts in the past have employed a singular 'one size fits all' approach," he observed.

For the purposes of this study, participating emergency departments were randomly assigned as low-intensity,
'"/>


19-Dec-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Adherence to treatment guidelines for patients with ACS associated with decreased in-hospital deaths
2. Childhood immunization against pneumonia cuts hospital admissions by almost 40 percent
3. Cell wall of pneumonia bacteria can cause brain and heart damage
4. Mortality rate is twice as high in patients with pneumonia caused by highly resistant bacteria
5. Risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia cut significantly
6. Program reduces hospitalizations and costs for nursing home residents with pneumonia
7. Vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia
8. Preventing pneumonia in children helps prevent pneumonia in older adults
9. Effects of bacterial pneumonia no worse for HIV-positive patients
10. Statins protect from death from pneumonia
11. Home care patients suffering high rate of pneumonia, complications

Post Your Comments:
(Date:8/28/2014)... FL (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 Millennium ... use affecting users in the workplace. A recent ... Dependence (NCADD) states that drug abuse is costing ... who use or are addicted to drugs affect their ... activities carry over into the workplace, causing expensive problems ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay ... symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina ... D, smoking and Epstein Barr virus infection. Our study shows ... MS patients," said lead researcher Dr. Mauricio Farez, of the ... Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system that ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 Testimony ... trial of a transvaginal mesh lawsuit ( http://www.transvaginalmeshlawsuithelp.com/ ... Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. Court documents pending in ... Virginia indicate that the case was filed on ... two revision surgeries, allegedly due to vaginal mesh ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... PA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... Nutrition announced today a regional partnership designed to ... goal planning for competitive young athletes, scholastic athletes ... “Our partnership’s Strong Body & Mind Initiative will ... addresses both the physical and mental dynamics involved ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Sterling Heights, MI (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... stagnated in the last year, down by 0.13% in real ... G7, according to a new study by UHY, the international ... for the US’s small businesses in particular, the credit crunch ... in lending in last the last year have been wiped ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Drug Use Causes Problems in the Workplace 2Health News:Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients? 2Health News:Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients? 3Health News:Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Testimony Begins in Second Federal Ethicon Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Testimony Begins in Second Federal Ethicon Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit News: Testimony Begins in Second Federal Ethicon Bellwether Trial, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4Health News:Allegheny Health Network and Come Ready Nutrition Announce Regional Partnership 2Health News:Allegheny Health Network and Come Ready Nutrition Announce Regional Partnership 3Health News:Allegheny Health Network and Come Ready Nutrition Announce Regional Partnership 4Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 2Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 3Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 4Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 5Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 6Health News:UHY Study Shows Bank Lending In USA Falling Behind G7 Peers 7
(Date:8/28/2014)... /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- CountryFocus: Healthcare, Regulatory and Reimbursement Landscape ... (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/140879 ) ... Landscape Poland " an essential source of information ... market and provides insights into the demographic, regulatory, ... report provides valuable insights into the trends and ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Aug. 28, 2014 Tianyin Pharmaceutical Co., ... pharmaceutical company that specializes in patented biopharmaceutical, modernized ... pharmaceutical ingredients (API) today updates the timeline for ... (QLF). The Company is scheduled ... for China Food & Drug Administration,s (CFDA) review ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... , Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Academy Leadership, ... service academy graduates, has published a case study ... Leadership Excellence Course . In September and October ... Course to Albuquerque , Indianapolis , ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140828/140814 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 2Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 3Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 4Poland & Turkey Pharmaceutical Market worth $15 billion & $21.5 billion Respectively by 2020 5TPI Submits Dataset for GMP Inspection at Qionglai Facility (QLF) 2Academy Leaders Publishes Case Study on Work with Global Pharmaceutical Company 2Academy Leaders Publishes Case Study on Work with Global Pharmaceutical Company 3Academy Leaders Publishes Case Study on Work with Global Pharmaceutical Company 4Academy Leaders Publishes Case Study on Work with Global Pharmaceutical Company 5
Cached News: