6 Research recommendations

6 Research recommendations

6.1 Further research is recommended to:

  • help improve understanding about the value added by procalcitonin testing when used with clinical judgement

  • guide decisions about stopping antibiotics for people admitted to hospital with pneumonia in the context of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Suggested PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome)

P: Adults admitted to hospital with suspected COVID‑19 pneumonia

I: Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy

C: Antibiotic regimen according to the NICE rapid guideline on COVID‑19: antibiotics for pneumonia in adults in hospital (without the use of procalcitonin)

O: Antibiotic use or 28‑day mortality or admission to critical care

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