Severity assessment in community-acquired pneumonia: a review

QJM. 2009 Jun;102(6):379-88. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcp027. Epub 2009 Mar 18.


Severity assessment is an important early step in the management of patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia. Various pneumonia-specific scores, generic sepsis scores and predictive biomarkers have been proposed as tools to aid clinicians in key management decisions. However, there is no uniform agreement about the optimum severity assessment tool to use. This review provides a summary of current evidence surrounding severity assessment in adult patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Area Under Curve
  • Biomarkers
  • Community-Acquired Infections / diagnosis
  • Community-Acquired Infections / mortality
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumonia / diagnosis*
  • Pneumonia / mortality
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Severity of Illness Index*


  • Biomarkers