Estimating the Burden of Pneumococcal Pneumonia Among Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Diagnostic Techniques

This article, published in PLOS One, summarizes a study to develop a conceptual and quantitative strategy for estimating the non-bacteremic disease burden among adults with community-acquired pneumonia. The authors conclude that the adult burden of pneumococcal disease from bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia data alone significantly underestimates the true burden of disease in adults. For every case of bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia, they estimate at least three additional cases of non-bacteremic pneumococcal pneumonia.

Author(s): Said MA, Johnson HL, Nonyane BAS, Deloria-Knoll M, O′Brien KL

Published: 2013

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    Citation: Said MA, Johnson HL, Nonyane BAS, Deloria-Knoll M, O′Brien KL. Estimating the Burden of Pneumococcal Pneumonia Among Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Diagnostic Techniques. PLOS One. 2013;8(4):e60273.