Use of focused lung ultrasound on patients with symptoms of acute lower respiratory tract infections in Danish general practice

Project Details


The widespread use of antibiotics is a key driver of antimicrobial resistance which is considered a major threat to global health. Most patients with common infections, such as an acute lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI), are treated in general practice. Many of these patients have self-limiting infections, but some suffer from a community-acquired pneumonia and need antibiotics. At present, the general practitioners (GPs) lack tools to better identify the subgroups of acute LRTI patients who will benefit the most from antibiotic treatment.
Adding focused lung ultrasonography (FLUS) to the evaluation of patients with symptoms of an acute LRTI in general practice may help identify those patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) requiring antibiotic treatment and those with self-limiting infections. Hence, FLUS might reduce the overall antibiotic use in general practice.
However, FLUS is not a standard examination in Danish general practice and today there is insufficient knowledge about the use and value of FLUS in general practice.
Effective start/end date01/07/202031/12/2023

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being