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FEVER | Reliability of Subjective Assessment of Fever by Parents and Health Care Providers in Children and Adolescents

FEVER research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Background: Fever is a widespread symptom in many diseases. Therefore, its value and diagnostic importance are well known. Fever in children is one of the common reasons for a visit to the pediatrician. Also, taking temperature is a very simple action and accessible to the general public. Temperature is measured in various parts of the body by using medical equipment. The type of method and thermometer varies according to the patient's age but often temperature is estimated by touch. Temperature measurement serves as a means for monitoring the patient's condition. For that reason, supervision of the body temperature is an important factor in the process of taking medical decisions. Study rationale: the parent is often asked if the child's temperature has been taken. The most frequent answer is: \"I didn't measure, but I felt that he has a temperature\". The few studies carried out on this subject showed that many parents used touch to evaluate the child's body temperature, especially in infants. Some studies checked the reliability of parents to estimate the child's body temperature by touch only. To the best of our knowledge, the reliability of medical staff (nurses) to estimate the child's body temperature by touch has never been studied. The aim of the current study is to investigate whether parents and nurses correctly estimate the child's body temperature by touch, as compared to thermometer measurement during the pediatric unit's routine work.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - The estimates and the measurements will be carried out on children who are referred to an emergency unit and who are hospitalized in the pediatric department-- both boys and girls of all ages. A patient might be measured several times. Exclusion Criteria:

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

FEVER

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

fever measurements1000 estimates and measurements of children's body temperatures will be carried out by parents and nurses in children's emergency and pediatric units as part of the routine work. The estimates and the measurements will be carried out on children who are referred to an emergency unit and who are hospitalized in the pediatric department-- both boys and girls of all ages. A patient might be measured several times. The measurements will be gathered in the course of one year. Before the routine taking of temperature, the accompanying parent will be asked to estimate the patient's temperature by feeling his forehead (with the back of the hand, the palm, lips). The parent will record his evaluation (without telling the nurse). Afterwards the nurse will do a similar evaluation (excepting the lip test), record it, and then the routine temperature measurement will be taken.

Study Status

Completed

Start Date: May 2010

Completed Date: April 2015

Phase:

Type: Observational

Design:

Primary Outcome: subjective assessment of fever by both parents and medical personnel will be unreliable

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator:

Lead Sponsor: Meir Medical Center

Collaborator:

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01038219

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