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December 7, 2005

Pneumonia in Older AdultsReversing the Trend

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Section of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown; and Department of Internal Medicine, Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio.

JAMA. 2005;294(21):2760-2763. doi:10.1001/jama.294.21.2760

Community-acquired pneumonia is a common illness associated with significant morbidity and mortality,1 particularly for older adults and those with comorbid disease.2,3 An estimated 915 900 episodes of community-acquired pneumonia occur in adults aged 65 years or older each year in the United States and approximately 1 of every 20 persons aged 85 years and older will have a new occurrence yearly.4 Most of the hospitalizations and excess deaths due to community-acquired pneumonia occur in older adults, and most of the cost is for patients older than 65 years.5

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