Complex chronic conditions increased pneumonia disease severity

  • April 16, 2014

Children with complex chronic conditions who presented with pneumonia had greater disease severity and were more likely to receive broad-spectrum antibiotics than children without complex chronic conditions, according to recent study findings published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

JoAnna K. Leyenaar, MD, MPH, MSc, of the division of pediatric hospital medicine, department of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and colleagues evaluated 31,684 children younger than 18 years who were admitted to 284 hospitals to determine the effect of complex chronic conditions (CCCs) on pneumonia. Of all participants, 11.9% had a CCC and were more likely to be older and have public health insurance compared with participants without a CCC.

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