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1997 Guidelines for the Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Neutropenic Patients with Unexplained Fever

Walter T. Hughes, Donald Armstrong, Gerald P. Bodey, Arthur E. Brown, John E. Edwards, Ronald Feld, Philip Pizzo, Kenneth V. I. Rolston, Jerry L. Shenep and Lowell S. Young

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 25, issue 3, pages 551-573
Published in print September 1997 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 1997 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/513764
1997 Guidelines for the Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Neutropenic Patients with Unexplained Fever

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This is the first in a series of practice guidelines commissioned by the Infectious Diseases Society of America through its Practice Guidelines Committee. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide assistance to clinicians when making decisions on treating the conditions specified in each guideline. The targeted providers are internists, pediatricians, and family practitioners. The targeted patients and setting for the fever and neutropenia guideline are hospitalized individuals with neutropenia secondary to cancer chemotherapy. Panel members represented experts in adult and pediatric infectious diseases and oncology. The guidelines are evidence-based. A standard ranking system was used for the strength of the recommendations and the quality of the evidence cited in the literature reviewed. The document has been subjected to external review by peer reviewers as well as by the Practice Guidelines Committee and was approved by the IDSA Council. An executive summary, algorithms, and tables highlight the major recommendations. The guideline will be listed on the IDSA home page at http://www.idsociety.org.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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