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Point-of-care testing for community-acquired pneumonia: do we have all the answers?

Dominic E Dwyer and Vitali Sintchenko
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (1): 40-42.
  • Dominic E Dwyer1
  • Vitali Sintchenko2

  • Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Dominic Dwyer has undertaken clinical trials of various POCTs for respiratory viruses on behalf of the manufacturers. He has presented trial data at national and international meetings.

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