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Toward more accurate detection of fever in children

from Advance for NPs & PAs

Fever is a common parental concern that results in numerous medical visits to both outpatient clinics and emergency departments. It has been widely documented that poor, urban communities have less access to medical care, less educational attainment and lower health literacy than their wealthier counterparts. Studies have demonstrated that although fever knowledge deficits and fears about its management and consequences, referred to as "fever phobia," are prevalent across all socioeconomic classes, caregivers' educational attainment is inversely related to increased utilization of the ED for fever. more

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