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Study on Costs and Safety of Early Conversion From Intravenous to Oral Antibiotic Treatment in Patients With Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 9, 2006
Last Update Posted : January 9, 2006
Dutch Health Care Insurance Board
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UMC Utrecht

Brief Summary:
Patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia are included Half of the patients are treated with a 3 day course of intravenous antibiotics, followed, when clinical stable, by a course of oral antibiotics. Efficacy of this treatment is compared to a standard course of 7 days of intravenous antibiotics, which treatment is assigned to the other half of patients. Outcomes measured are clinical cure and costs.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Severe Communtity-Acquired Pneumonia Procedure: Conversion to oral antibiotic treatment after 3 days of intravenous antibiotic treatment Phase 4

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 500 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Costs and Effects of Early Switch of Intravenous to Oral Antibiotics in Severe Community-Acquired Pneumonia: a Multicenter Randomized Trial
Study Start Date : July 2000
Study Completion Date : March 2004

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical cure at day 28 of the study

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Costs for treatment both inside and outside the hospital
  2. Quality of life

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Adult patients (age 18 or above) with severe CAP admitted to general hospital wards were eligible for inclusion in the study. Pneumonia was defined as a new or progressive infiltrate on a chest X-ray plus at least two of the following criteria: cough, sputum production, rectal temperature > 38oC or < 36.1oC, auscultatory findings consistent with pneumonia, leucocytosis (>10.000/mm3, or >15% bands), C-reactive protein > 3 times the upper limit of normal, positive blood culture or positive culture of pleural fluid. 21 Severe pneumonia was defined as Fine class IV or V or fulfilling the ATS-criteria for severe community-acquired pneumonia

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients with cystic fibrosis, a history of colonization with Gram negative bacteria due to structural damage to the respiratory tract, malfunction of the digestive tract, life expectancy of less than 1 month due to underlying diseases, infections other than pneumonia needing antibiotic treatment, severe immunosuppression (neutropenia (<0,5 x 109 / l) or a CD4 count < 200 / mm3) and needing mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit were excluded.


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00273676

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University Medical Center
Utrecht, Netherlands, 3508 GA
Sponsors and Collaborators
UMC Utrecht
Dutch Health Care Insurance Board
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Principal Investigator: Andy IM Hoepelman, Professor of Medicine University Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00273676    
Other Study ID Numbers: OG 99-64
First Posted: January 9, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 9, 2006
Last Verified: January 2006
Keywords provided by UMC Utrecht:
Community-acquired pneumonia
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antibiotics, Antitubercular
Anti-Infective Agents
Antitubercular Agents