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May 24/31, 2000

A Critical Pathway for Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2654-2655. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2653

To the Editor: Dr Marrie and colleagues1 concluded that "the implementation of a critical pathway [for treating community-acquired pneumonia in Canada] reduced the institutional resources without causing adverse effects on the well-being of the patients." However, several issues should be evaluated before this recommendation is widely adopted.