Community-acquired pneumonia – use of chest x-rays for diagnosis in family practice

Sophia Eilat-Tsanani, Carmel Kasher & Hana Levine-Kremer
Abstract Background According to guidelines, the diagnosis of pneumonia should be confirmed by chest x-ray, ensuring appropriate management and wise use of antibiotics. Our study aimed to describe use of x-rays by family doctors and patients following diagnosis of pneumonia in primary care practices in the north of Israel. Methods This was a retrospective database study including adults diagnosed with pneumonia, assessing rates of referral and actual use of chest x-rays. We examined rates of...
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