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Pediatrics. 1984 May;73(5):600-5.

Fever therapy: an educational intervention for parents.


Fever in children is a common problem, but one which often alarms parents. Parental misconceptions often lead them to unnecessarily aggressive and inappropriate management of fever in their children. A prospective controlled trial of an educational intervention to improve parental understanding and management of fever, involving the parents of 108 children, aged 6 months to 4 years, was performed in a private group practice. Although the majority of these patients were well educated, most were found to be misinformed about many aspects of the seriousness of fever and its management. Parents in the intervention group received a standardized interview in which the management of fever was discussed, demonstrated, and practiced. In addition, they received a printed information sheet for reinforcement 2 months after the initial interview. Parents in both the control group and intervention group revealed an increase in knowledge about fever over time, but only in the intervention group were inappropriate physician contacts and medication errors reduced. The effectiveness of an active learning approach to anticipatory guidance for the management of transient febrile illness was documented and it is suggested that extension of this approach to other common problems in the private practice setting be examined.

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