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)
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