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January 20, 1999

Time to Clinical Stability for Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(3):231-232. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-3-jbk0120

To the Editor: Dr Halm and colleagues1 assessed the point of stabilization of clinical signs and symptoms of pneumonia as patients recover. However, the critical issue is whether a patient who is being treated for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) needs to have full resolution of these signs of infection prior to changing to oral antibiotic therapy. To my knowledge, no study has proven that intravenous (IV) therapy is critical to patients' recovery from pneumonia if patients are able to take oral medications.