Expectant Parents’ Understanding of the Implications and Management of Fever in the Neonate

Expectant Parents’ Understanding of the Implications and Management of Fever in the Neonate

Expectant Parents’ Understanding of the Implications and Management of Fever in the Neonate

Expectant Parents’ Understanding of the Implications and Management of Fever in the Neonates

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PLoS ONE, vol. 10, no 4, p. 1-10.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«[T]he objectives of this study were to estimate the extent to which Canadian expectant parents would seek medical care in a febrile neonate (age 30 days or less), evaluate expectant parents’ knowledge of signs and symptoms of fever in a neonate, and describe the actions Canadian expectant parents would take if they recognized fever in their child.» (p. 2)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’étude est basée sur la participation de 355 parents montréalais qui attendent leur premier enfant sous peu.

Instruments :
Questionnaire

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«Our study evaluated Canadian expectant parents’ knowledge of fever in the neonate. The main finding of this research was that nearly a fifth of expectant parents in the study reported that they would not take their neonate to seek medical care if they suspected a fever. No demographic variables predicted if expectant parents would seek care for a febrile neonate. Though we found that although most parents were able to identify the signs of a fever and why it may be dangerous, few parents were able to correctly identify the temperature at which a neonate is considered febrile.» (p. 6) «[Also,] although immigration status was not a predictor of seeking medical care, we found a significant portion of participants were foreign born immigrants (55%). This was three times greater than the national average of 18%. […] Finally, we found that most expectant parents reported that they would seek information about fever in the neonate from a medical doctor or a nurse. Even in today’s technological era, only 25% of the sample identified that they would rely on the Internet to query how to treat fever in a neonate.» (p. 8)