Accepted for Publication: February 21, 2011.
Published Online: April 25, 2011. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.155
Author Contributions: Dr Majumdar had full access to all the data in the study. Study concept and design: Tang, Eurich, Marrie, and Majumdar. Acquisition of data: Marrie and Majumdar. Analysis and interpretation of data: Tang, Eurich, Minhas-Sandhu, and Majumdar. Drafting of the manuscript: Tang. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Tang, Eurich, Minhas-Sandhu, Marrie, and Majumdar. Statistical analysis: Eurich and Minhas-Sandhu. Obtained funding: Eurich, Marrie, and Majumdar. Study supervision: Eurich and Majumdar.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: The work was supported by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR-200809MOP-191604 to Drs Eurich, Majumdar, and Marrie) and operating grants from Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), grants-in-aid from Capital Health, and unrestricted grants from Abbott-Canada, Pfizer-Canada, and Jannsen-Ortho Canada (all to Dr Marrie). Dr Majumdar receives salary support from AHFMR (Health Scholar) and Dr Eurich from both AHFMR (Population Health Investigator) and CIHR (New Investigator).
Role of the Sponsors: The funders had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.
Additional Contributions: For their dedication and diligence, we thank the Community-Acquired Pneumonia Pathway research nurses and Epidemiology Coordinating and Research (EPICORE), University of Alberta, for data management.