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Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) promote evidence based, safe, and high-value care for patients with common clinical conditions when high-quality national or international guidelines are available to inform recommendations. Additional review of scientific literature is often included. A multidisciplinary committee of subject matter experts and key stakeholders systematically reviews the guidelines and any additional literature to develop standard processes and clinical recommendations. 

The Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) synopsis provides a high-level overview of the care standards employed for this CPG. 

Algorithms associated with this CPG: 

Inclusion and exclusion criteria


  • Suspected CAP. 
  • Children 3 months to 18 years of age.
  • No underlying medical condition.


  • Children < 3 months of age.
  • Underlying medical condition. 

Committee members involved in the development: 

  • J. Markham, MD, MSc | Hospital Medicine | Committee Chair 
  • A. Burns, Pharm.D., BCPPS | Pharmacy | Committee Member 
  • J. Goldman, MD, MS-CR | Infectious Diseases | Committee Member 
  • S. Brackett, APRN | Urgent Care | Committee Member 
  • S. Chan, MD, PhD | Radiology | Committee Member 
  • F. Turcotte, MD, MPH, FAAP | Emergency Medicine | Committee Member 
  • J Dusin, MS, RD, LD, CPHQ | Evidence Based Practice Department | Committee Member 
  • J. Michael, DO | | Evidence Based Practice Department | Committee Member 
  • J. A. Bartlett, PhD, RN | Evidence Based Practice Department | Committee Member 
  • N. Allen, MS, MLS, RD, LD, CPHQ | Evidence Based Practice Department | Committee Member 

Publication dates: 

  • Finalized date: October 2018 
  • Revised date: March 2020 
  • Next expected revision date: March 2023 

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