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Meningitis: UK adults face diagnosis delays and inappropriate treatment, study finds

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2876 (Published 29 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2876
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Adults with meningitis admitted to hospitals in England experience substantial delays in diagnostic testing and receive inappropriate treatment, both of which are associated with longer hospital stays, an observational study has reported.1

The prospective observational cohort study enrolled 1126 patients aged over 16 admitted with clinically suspected meningitis to 42 hospitals around England from September 2011 to September 2014. It included all 24 acute hospitals in the northwest region.

The results, reported in the Lancet Infectious Diseases,1 showed that nearly two thirds of the patients …

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