Open Access

Pneumonia severity scores in resource poor settings

Pneumonia20145:5010030

https://doi.org/10.15172/pneu.2014.5/481

Received: 30 April 2014

Accepted: 9 September 2014

Published: 22 September 2014

Abstract

Clinical prognostc scores are increasingly used to streamline care in well-resourced setngs. The potental benefts of identfying patents at risk of clinical deterioraton and poor outcome, delivering appropriate higher level clinical care, and increasing efciency are clear. In this focused review, we examine the use and applicability of severity scores applied to patents with community acquired pneumonia in resource poor setngs. We challenge clinical researchers working in such systems to consider the generalisability of existng severity scores in their populatons, and where performance of scores is suboptmal, to promote eforts to develop and validate new tools for the beneft of patents and healthcare systems.

Keywords

pneumonia severity of illness index developing countries health resources operatons research

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