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Editor's Correspondence
January 14, 2008

Health Care–Associated Pneumonia: A New Clinical Entity

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(1):109-110. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2007.25

We read with great interest the article by Carratalà and coworkers1 describing the epidemiology, antibiotic therapy, and outcome of health care–associated pneumonia (HCAP). The authors concluded that HCAP should be regarded as a separate category of respiratory tract infection, with its peculiar epidemiologic and microbiological characteristics and outcomes.1