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Res Nurs Health. 1995 Aug;18(4):365-70.

Agreement between measures of pulmonary artery and tympanic temperatures.

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The Learning Center, St. David's Medical Center, Austin, TX 78705-4039, USA.


The purposes of this study were to compare pulmonary artery, oral, axillary, and two tympanic temperatures and test agreement between measures of pulmonary artery and tympanic temperatures in a convenience sample of 32 Intensive Care Unit patients. The correlation coefficients for pulmonary artery and oral, axillary, and tympanic temperatures were moderate to strong and significant at the p < .01 level. However, intraclass correlation coefficients estimated the intermethod reliability and were below the .75 criterion of acceptability. Thus, one method of temperature measurement could not be interchanged for another.

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