Journal article

Applying lessons learnt from research of child pneumonia management in Vietnam

TKP Nguyen, BBS Bui, QC Ngo, DA Fitzgerald, SM Graham, BJ Marais

PAEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY REVIEWS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Pneumonia is the leading cause of paediatric hospitalisation in Vietnam, placing a huge burden on the health care system. Pneumonia is also the main reason for antibiotic use in children. Unfortunately many hospital admissions for child pneumonia in Vietnam are unnecessary and inappropriate use of antibiotics is common, as in the rest of Asia, with little awareness of its adverse effects. We explored the value of an alternative approach that, instead of focusing on the identification of children with severe bacterial pneumonia, focuses on the identification of children with 'unlikely bacterial pneumonia' to improve patient care and rational antibiotic use. Implementing improved models of car..

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