Oral versus intravenous antibiotics

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.685a (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:685

Exclusion of sickest patients invalidates study

  1. Peter Tsang
  1. Senior registrar Department of Geriatric Medicine, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY

    EDITOR,—Robert Chan and colleagues conclude that oral antibiotics are as efficacious as intravenous antibiotics in treating lower respiratory tract infections acquired in the community.1 Because of the design of their study, which excluded patients who were severely ill, any other conclusion would be surprising. Patients with lower respiratory tract infection and community acquired pneumonia are already …

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