Community-acquired pneumonia in elderly patients

John E. Stupka, Eric M. Mortensen, Antonio Anzueto, Marcos I. Restrepo

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Abstract

Community-acquired pneumonia continues to have a significant impact on elderly individuals, who are affected more frequently and with more severe consequences than younger populations. As the population ages it is expected that the medical and economic impact of this disease will increase. Despite these concerns, little progress has been made in research specifically focusing on community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly. Data continue to show that a high index of suspicion, early antimicrobial therapy and appropriate medications to cover typical pathogens are extremely important in treating community-acquired pneumonia in older individuals. This review is designed to serve as an update to our previous work published in Aging Health in 2006, with specific emphasis on the most recent evidence published since that time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-774
Number of pages12
JournalAging Health
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Aged
  • Microbiology
  • Pneumonia
  • Severity of illness index
  • Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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