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

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2014 by Meir Medical Center
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Meir Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01038219
First received: December 20, 2009
Last updated: May 11, 2014
Last verified: May 2014
  Purpose

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.


Condition
FEVER

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Reliability of Subjective Assessment of Fever by Parents and Health Care Providers in Children and Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by Meir Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • subjective assessment of fever by both parents and medical personnel will be unreliable [ Time Frame: one year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1000
Study Start Date: May 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
fever measurements

1000 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.


Detailed Description:

1000 estimates and measurements of children's body temperatures will be carried out by parents and nurses in the pediatric emergency unit and pediatric department as part of the routine work. The estimates and the measurements will be carried out on 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 perform a similar evaluation (excluding the lip test), record it, and then the routine temperature measurement will be taken and recorded.

Medical Equipment The temperature will be taken with the existing equipment in the emergency ward and in the children's ward. A rectal measurement will be taken in the case of children under two years old. Children over two will be measured orally. The temperature of children suffering from diarrhea and vomiting will be taken with an ordinary mercury thermometer. All other measurements will be made using an electronic, mobile thermometer manufactured by the Filac Company, (FasTemp electronic thermometer) routinely used in the emergency ward and pediatric departments.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Children ages 0-18 years

Boys and girls

Criteria

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:

  • None
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01038219

Locations
Israel
Meir MC Active, not recruiting
Kfar-Saba, Israel
Pediatrics unit, Meir Medical Center Recruiting
Kfar-Saba, Israel
Contact: Dan Nemet, MD    972-9-7471596      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Meir Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Meir Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01038219     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MMC129-09CTIL
Study First Received: December 20, 2009
Last Updated: May 11, 2014
Health Authority: Israel: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by Meir Medical Center:
fever
children
SUBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fever
Body Temperature Changes
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 28, 2014