Variable agreement among experts regarding Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease

Theodore K. Marras, D. Rebecca Prevots, Frances B. Jamieson, Kevin L. Winthrop

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Data regarding many clinical aspects of pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (pMAC) are lacking. Guidelines rely substantially upon expert opinion, integrated through face-to-face meetings, variably weighting individual opinions. We surveyed North American non-tuberculous mycobacteria experts regarding clinical aspects of pMAC using Delphi methods. Nineteen of 26 invited experts (73%) responded, with extensive variability. Convergence could not be reached for most questions. Respondents described extensive uncertainty around specific issues. Findings underscore urgent need for more research. See Editorial, page 181

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Delphi technique
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection
  • mycobacterium infection
  • non-tuberculous mycobacterium
  • practice guideline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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