Two thirds of hospitalized pneumonia patients receive longer durations of antibiotic therapy than necessary, which may increase their risk for adverse events according to results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Historically, providers prescribed long durations of antibiotic therapy for pneumonia because of concerns that short courses could lead to disease relapse or progression,” Valerie M. Vaughn, MD, MSc, of the University of Michigan Medical School and VA Ann Arbor Health System, and colleagues wrote. “However, recent studies, including multiple randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews, have demonstrated that shorter antibiotic therapy is safe and equally effective for most patients with pneumonia.”
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