To examine mother's knowlegde, attitudes and management of fever in their children, 1237 mothers of preschool children were interviewed using a structured questionnaire administered by interviewers with no specific medical competence. Most of the mothers were concerned about fever in their children. At the onset of fever, half of the mothers gave their child an antipyretic and 18% called the physician immediately. Paracetamol resulted as the most used antipyretic. In logistic regression analysis, five variables were significantly associated with mothers' concern: a temperature level >39°, if the child had no siblings, a mother's low educational level and the residency of the mother in the south of Italy, the absence of previous information on the management of fever. The latter and/or the mother's concern were the only explanatory variables for the request for a physician's visit. These findings suggest that informing mothers on definition, consequences and treatment of fever can significantly improve their confidence in managing fever as reflected by decreased request for physician's visits. Better understanding of mother's concern may promote effective communication between them and child health workers in order to establish the most effective information strategy for achieving long term behavior changes.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mothers' knowledge, attitudes and management of fever in their preschool children: An italian national survey|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Farmacia Clinica|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)