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Title: What Greek mothers know about evaluation and treatment of fever in children: An interview study
Authors: Matziou, Vasiliki N. 
Brokalaki, Hero 
Kyritsi, Helen 
Perdikaris, Pantelis 
Gymnopoulou, Elpida 
Merkouris, Anastasios 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: Children;Fever knowledge;Fever management;Home;Mothers
Issue Date: 2008
Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol. 45, iss. 6, pp. 829-836
Volume: 45
Issue: 6
Start page: 829
End page: 836
Journal: International Journal of Nursing Studies 
Abstract: Background Fever is one of the most common symptoms in childhood. Mothers’ insufficient knowledge about its evaluation and treatment frequently leads to excessive fear and anxiety. Objectives To explore mothers’ knowledge concerning management of fever in their children, at home. Design Descriptive, correlational. Settings An emergency department of a pediatric hospital. Participants A total of 327 mothers with febrile children randomly selected in the waiting room. Methods Data collection was based on interviews by using a questionnaire which was specifically developed for this study. Results Almost one out of three mothers (32.4%) evaluated fever as a temperature between 37–38 °C and the 38.1% of them considered that side effects could be a result of these temperatures. The majority of the mothers (73.7%) administered antipyretics at body temperatures of 37–38.5 °C, usually without a medical instruction (49.2%). Younger mothers with lower education levels and those who admitted to hospital for the first time with children less than 12 months of age showed the poorest level of Knowledge about fever evaluation and treatment. Conclusions Educational interventions by health care professionals aiming at educating young mothers with a low educational level and those with a child younger than 12 months old who seek medical attention at hospital, for the first time, are needed to dispel misconceptions about fever and to promote the appropriate management of the febrile child.
ISSN: 0020-7489
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2006.04.021
Collaboration : National and Kapodistrian University ofAthens
Technological Educational Institute of Athens
P&A Kyriakou Children's Hospital
Technological Institute of Creta
Rights: © Elsevier
Type: Article
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