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Despite guidelines, antibiotic choice to treat pediatric pneumonia varies

from By Lynn Hetzler

A new study shows that outpatient clinicians prescribe macrolide antibiotics to treat community acquired pneumonia in most pediatric patients — even though established guidelines recommend amoxicillin in the majority of cases. In this retrospective cohort study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reviewed the electronic health records of 31 pediatric primary care offices with the intent of identifying factors influencing clinicians' prescribing patterns. more

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