Improving diagnosis of bacterial infections : Research without gold standard

@inproceedings{Houten2019ImprovingDO,
  title={Improving diagnosis of bacterial infections : Research without gold standard},
  author={Chantal B. Van Houten},
  year={2019}
}
Timely antibiotic treatment improves the outcome of patients with bacterial infections, but antibiotics are not indicated in case of viral infections. Unfortunately, it is often not possible to differentiate between bacterial and viral infections based on clinical judgement alone, even when using available blood tests. Different aspects of this diagnostic dilemma were studied in this thesis. First, we evaluated the consequences of this complicated diagnostic process on antibiotic use. We used… CONTINUE READING

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