#Mortality #reduction in #adult community-acquired #pneumonia in the #UK (2009–2014): results from the British Thoracic Society audit programme (Thorax, abstract)

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Thorax / doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208937 / Chest clinic / RESEARCH AND GUIDELINE UPDATE

Mortality reduction in adult community-acquired pneumonia in the UK (2009–2014): results from the British Thoracic Society audit programme

Priya Daniel1, Mark Woodhead2, Sally Welham3, Tricia M Mckeever4, Wei Shen Lim1 on behalf of the British Thoracic Society

Author Affiliations: 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK; 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK; 3British Thoracic Society, London, UK; 4Division of Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Correspondence to Dr Priya Daniel, Department of Respiratory Medicine, David Evans Building, City Hospital Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hucknall Road, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK; priyasosha.daniel@nuh.nhs.uk

Received 19 May 2016 – Revised 16 June 2016 – Accepted 10 July 2016 – Published Online First 17 August 2016



Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of death in the UK. In this analysis of 23 315 cases from the British Thoracic Society national CAP audit, an overall reduction in 30-day inpatient mortality over 6 years was observed—2014 compared with 2009 adjusted OR 0.86 (95% CI 0.68 to 1.08, p for trend 0.004). Significant increases in the proportions of patients who had (a) a chest X-ray and (b) the first antibiotic dose within 4 hours of admission were also observed (3.7% and 11.5% increases respectively). Further reductions in mortality may follow the 2016 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Pneumonia Quality Standard.

Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Pneumonia; UK.


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