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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 434-438

Subjective assessment of childhood fever by mothers utilizing primary health care facilities in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria


Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

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E O Asekun-Olarinmoye
Department of Community Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of tactile examination by mothers as a method of fever determination in their children and thus determine the reliability of mothers' history about the presence or absence of fever in their children. METHODOLOGY: A descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in four health centers randomly selected in Osogbo metropolis. Three hundred mothers were studied, a semi-structured questionnaire was utilized. RESULTS: The study found the sensitivity and specificity of tactile examination for mothers as a means of detecting fever in their children to be 82.3% and 54.1% respectively. Mother's socio-demographic characteristics and the age of child did not affect mother's subjective assessment of childhood fever (p>0.05). CONCLUSION: Mothers are able to provide accurate information about the presence or absence of fever in their children by palpation without the use of a thermometer. Tactile examination was found to be adequate for mothers as a means of detecting fever in their children. Physicians should accept as reliable mothers' history of fever and give prompt management.


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