Factors Associated With Pneumonia Severity in Children: A Systematic Review

Preston Dean, Todd Adam Florin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

49 Scopus citations


Community-acquired pneumonia in children is associated with significant morbidity and mortality; however, data are limited in predicting which children will have negative outcomes, including clinical deterioration, severe disease, or development of complications. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America (PIDS/IDSA) pediatric pneumonia guideline includes criteria that were modified from adult criteria and define pneumonia severity to assist with resource allocation and site-of-care decision-making. However, the PIDS/IDSA criteria have not been formally developed or validated in children. Definitions for mild, moderate, and severe pneumonia also vary across the literature, further complicating the development of standardized severity criteria. This systematic review summarizes (1) the current state of the evidence for defining and predicting pneumonia severity in children as well as (2) emerging evidence focused on risk stratification of children with pneumonia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-334
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 3 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Factors Associated With Pneumonia Severity in Children: A Systematic Review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this