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Decisions to treat or not to treat pneumonia in demented psychogeriatric nursing home patients: development of a guideline
  1. Jenny T van der Steen,
  2. Martien T Muller,
  3. Marcel E Ooms,
  4. Gerrit van der Wal,
  5. Miel W Ribbe
  1. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and Nursing Home Naarderheem, Bussum, the Netherlands

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    • Jenny T van der Steen, MSc, is an Epidemiologist and Principal Researcher on the “Pneumonia Study” which has two main goals: identification of prognostic factors for pneumonia in psychogeriatric nursing home patients, and development and evaluation of the “checklist of considerations”. In 1995/96 she performed a pilot study; in July 1996 she was appointed as a PhD student in the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO-Institute) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to continue with her main study on pneumonia. Data collection for the main study was carried out in 61 nursing homes in the Netherlands. Martien T Muller, PhD, is a Social Gerontologist in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He also works as a Social Gerontologist at the Nursing Home, Naarderheem, Bussum, the Netherlands. He is a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. Marcel E Ooms, MD, PhD, is Project Leader of the Pneumonia Study and is Epidemiologist and Senior Researcher in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. Gerrit van der Wal, MD, PhD, is Professor of Social Medicine in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He is also a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. Miel W Ribbe, MD, PhD, is Professor of Nursing Home Medicine in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He is also a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. All the authors, except for Martien Muller, are also employed by the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO-Institute) of the Vrije Universiteit. Requests for a copy of the guideline should be addressed to the first author. Correspondence address: Jenny T van der Steen, MSc, EMGO-Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Medical Faculty, Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Tel. +31-20-4448205; fax +31-20-4448181/4448387; e-mail JT.van_Kampen.EMGO{at}Med.VU.nl

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    • Jenny T van der Steen, MSc, is an Epidemiologist and Principal Researcher on the “Pneumonia Study” which has two main goals: identification of prognostic factors for pneumonia in psychogeriatric nursing home patients, and development and evaluation of the “checklist of considerations”. In 1995/96 she performed a pilot study; in July 1996 she was appointed as a PhD student in the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO-Institute) of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to continue with her main study on pneumonia. Data collection for the main study was carried out in 61 nursing homes in the Netherlands. Martien T Muller, PhD, is a Social Gerontologist in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He also works as a Social Gerontologist at the Nursing Home, Naarderheem, Bussum, the Netherlands. He is a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. Marcel E Ooms, MD, PhD, is Project Leader of the Pneumonia Study and is Epidemiologist and Senior Researcher in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. Gerrit van der Wal, MD, PhD, is Professor of Social Medicine in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He is also a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. Miel W Ribbe, MD, PhD, is Professor of Nursing Home Medicine in the Department of General Practice, Nursing Home Medicine and Social Medicine of the Vrije Universiteit. He is also a member of the project group of the Pneumonia Study. All the authors, except for Martien Muller, are also employed by the Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine (EMGO-Institute) of the Vrije Universiteit. Requests for a copy of the guideline should be addressed to the first author. Correspondence address: Jenny T van der Steen, MSc, EMGO-Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Medical Faculty, Van der Boechorststraat 7, 1081 BT Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Tel. +31-20-4448205; fax +31-20-4448181/4448387; e-mail JT.van_Kampen.EMGO{at}Med.VU.nl

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