Table 3 Selected community-acquired pneumonia performance measures over 4 years and results of χ2 tests (contingency table p value and p values for years 2005, 2006 and 2007 compared with year 2004)
Contingency table p value2004200520062007
Percentage of pneumonia patients who received their first dose of antibiotics within 4 h after arrival at the hospital69697079
0.3110.9750.8300.106
Percentage of pneumonia patients who had blood cultures performed within 24 h prior to or after arrival at the hospital71728685
0.0020.7940.0020.010
Percentage of pneumonia patients (cigarette smokers) who received smoking cessation advice or counselling during the hospital stay41619386
<0.0010.095<0.001<0.001
Percentage of patients receiving a pneumococcal vaccination assessment and vaccination if eligible34728189
<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Composite measure (all or none)*406872
<0.001<0.001<0.001