How are patients receiving outpatient treatment for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) monitored?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with mild community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) who are being treated on an outpatient basis should be monitored to ensure compliance with their medications and to ensure clinical improvement. After 1 week, a repeat visit is advisable. If the patient is improving and parapneumonic complications are not evident, posttherapy chest radiography is unnecessary. [93, 94, 95]

The diet in patients with CAP is as tolerated. Guide activity with common sense.


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