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Community-acquired Pneumonia in Buskerud County in Norway

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01563315
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 26, 2012
Last Update Posted : March 26, 2012
Vestre Viken HF - Buskerud Hospital
Oslo University Hospital
UMass Medical school, Massachusetts - USA
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Vestre Viken Hospital Trust

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the etiology of community-acquired pneumonia, to assess risk factors and to investigate potential prognostic biomarkers of serious disease and fatal outcome.

Condition or disease
Community-Acquired Infections Pneumonia

Detailed Description:
Background: This project addresses an important challenge in international medicine: Pneumonia as the leading cause of death from infection in developed countries. Purpose: (A) Determine the etiology of CAP among adult hospitalized patients- especially the occurrence of mixed infections- by systematic implementation of combined conventional and new diagnostic methods. (B) Assess risk factors of CAP, such as COPD, congestive heart failure, smoking, malignancy etc., predictive of re-admittance to hospital and mortality. (C) Examine the prognostic value of potential predictors in relation to all-cause mortality in adult patients hospitalized with CAP. Design: Prospective observational study with inclusion of 270 adult patients during a 3-year period, who all required admission for pneumonia in a community hospital setting. Clinical and biochemical data was recorded longitudinally by inclusion, at stable clinical situation and after 6 weeks, and mortality and need for re-admission within 12 months. Patients were examined systematically, using modern research methods to explore relevant microbes. At all points, blood tests were sampled for clinical-chemical analysis, DNA, RNA and immunological analyses. Application: A translational research approach with the ambitions to elucidate new pathogenic mechanisms which could lead to new diagnostic tools and treatment modalities. This will possibly lead to less drug exposure and unnecessary hospitalization both of which have positive consequences for patients and medical care costs.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 270 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Community-acquired Pneumonia: A Prospective Observational Study to Explore Etiology, Risk Factors and Potential Predictors for re- Admittance to Hospital and All-cause Mortality
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2012

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Adults with CAP admitted to hospital
All adult patients with CAP admitted to Vestre Viken HF-Buskerud Hospital (VVHF-BH), a 400-bed community general hospital, between January 2008 og January 2011 were evaluated for inclusion in the study.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. all cause mortality [ Time Frame: one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Re-admission to hospital [ Time Frame: One month ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
whole blood, serum, plasma, blood culture, airways specimens, urine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
All adult patients with CAP admittet to Vestre Viken HF-Buskerud Hospital (VVHF-BH) between January 2008 og January 2011, were evaluated for inclusion in the study.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • New infiltrate on chest X-ray and
  • Fever > 38,0 by rectal measurement

    • at least one of these additional criteria: Cough +/- expectoration, dyspnoea, respiratory chest pain, crackles or reduced respiratory sounds.
  • Criteria must be present within 48 hours after admission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients < 18 years
  • Non infectious cause of lung infiltration (tumors, embolism)
  • Bronchial obstruction (tumor, bronchiectasia)
  • Hospitalised more than 48 hours or discharged within the last 2 weeks

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01563315

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Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
Drammen, Buskerud, Norway, 3004
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
Vestre Viken HF - Buskerud Hospital
Oslo University Hospital
UMass Medical school, Massachusetts - USA
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Study Director: Lars Heggelund, MD, PhD Vestre Viken Hospital Trust and Oslo University Hospital
Study Chair: Einar Husebye, MD, PhD Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
Principal Investigator: Jan C Holter, MD Vestre Viken Hospital Trust
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Vestre Viken Hospital Trust Identifier: NCT01563315    
Other Study ID Numbers: REK:S-06266a
First Posted: March 26, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 26, 2012
Last Verified: March 2012
Keywords provided by Vestre Viken Hospital Trust:
Community-Acquired Infections
Prospective Studies
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Community-Acquired Infections
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections