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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Apr 19;4(2):ofx080. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofx080. eCollection 2017 Spring.

Choosing Wisely Overnight? Residents' Approach to Fever.

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1
Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles.
2
Hospitalist Division of the Department of Medicine and.
3
Infectious Diseases Section, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, California.

Abstract

We surveyed internal medicine residents regarding how they approach febrile patients in cross-cover settings. Residents frequently use the term "full fever work-up," and rely on this for sign-out. Despite this, residents felt fever work-ups were not evidenced-based, and definitions of when and how to respond to a fever varied.

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diagnostic testing; fever; high-value care; hospital medicine; medical education.

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