Estimates of pediatric pneumonia incidence, morbidity, and mortality in developed countries since 2010: a systematic review and meta analysis

Dr. Kevin Karivelil, PGY2

Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Pernica

Pediatric pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, being responsible for the deaths of more than 800,000 children per year. Most of these deaths occur in the non-industrialized world; however, the incidence and burden of pneumonia in developed nations has not been recently well described. This presentation will outline the early stages of a systematic review, aiming to quantify the incidence and burden of pneumonia in high-income countries after the inclusion of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in universal immunization programs. The research question, search strategy, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and outcomes of interest will be shared for critical feedback.


  1. To recognize the paucity of recent data on pediatric pneumonia incidence/morbidity in high-income countries, and reflect critically about how new data might affect current antibiotic prescribing practices and/or health policy.
  2. To provide feedback on various methodological steps in this systematic review.

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