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GPs should use point-of-care test to guide antibiotic use for pneumonia, says NICE


Br J Gen Pract. 2010 Oct;60(579):e423-33. Validity of BTS guidance (the CRB-65 rule) for predicting the severity of pneumonia in general practice: systematic review and meta-analysis. McNally M1, Curtain J, O'Brien KK, Dimitrov BD, Fahey T. CRB-65 performs well in stratifying severity of pneumonia and resultant 30-day mortality in hospital settings. In community settings, CRB-65 appears to over-predict the probability of 30-day mortality across all strata of predicted risk. Caution is needed when applying CRB-65 to patients in general practice.

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