Journal Article

The Accuracy of Mother's Touch to Detect Fever in Children: A Systematic Review

C. L. Teng, C. J. Ng, H. Nik-Sherina, A. H. Zailinawati and S. F. Tong

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 54, issue 1, pages 70-73
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online November 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmm077
The Accuracy of Mother's Touch to Detect Fever in Children: A Systematic Review

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Universally, mothers often use touching to detect fever in their children. We perform a systematic review of published diagnostic studies evaluating the ability of mothers to detect fever in their children by touching. We found 10 studies satisfying our inclusion criteria. The meta-analysis revealed a summary sensitivity of 89.2% and summary specificity of 50%—maternal touch is perhaps more useful to exclude fever rather than to ‘rule in’ fever. However, due to significant heterogeneity in the included studies, interpretation of the summary data is difficult.

Keywords: fever; mother; palpation; children; systematic review

Journal Article.  1841 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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