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Title: Defining community-acquired pneumonia as a public health threat: arguments in favor from Spanish investigators
Author: Cillóniz, Catia
Menéndez, Rosario
Garcia Vidal, Carolina
Pericàs, Juan M.
Torres Martí, Antoni
Keywords: Pneumònia adquirida a la comunitat
Salut pública
Community-acquired pneumonia
Public health
Issue Date: 25-Jan-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Despite advances in its prevention, pneumonia remains associated with high morbidity, mortality, and health costs worldwide. Studies carried out in the last decade have indicated that more patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) now require hospitalization. In addition, pneumonia management poses many challenges, especially due to the increase in the number of elderly patients with multiple comorbidities, antibiotic-resistant pathogens, and the difficulty of rapid diagnosis. In this new call to action, we present a wide-ranging review of the information currently available on CAP and offer some reflections on ways to raise awareness of this disease among the general public. We discuss the burden of CAP and the importance of attaining better, faster microbiological diagnosis and initiating appropriate treatment. We also suggest that closer cooperation between health professionals and the population at large could improve the management of this largely preventable infectious disease that takes many lives each year.
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It is part of: Medical Sciences, 2020, vol. 8, num. 1, p. 6
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ISSN: 2076-3271
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Articles publicats en revistes (IDIBAPS: Institut d'investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer)

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