The accuracy of mother's touch to detect fever in children: A systematic review

C. L. Teng, C. J. Ng, H. Nik-Sherina, A. H. Zailinawati, Tong Seng Fah

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Abstract

Universally, mothers often use touching to detect fever in their children. We perform a systematic review of published diagnostic studies evaluating the ability of mothers to detect fever in their children by touching. We found 10 studies satisfying our inclusion criteria. The meta-analysis revealed a summary sensitivity of 89.2% and summary specificity of 50% - maternal touch is perhaps more useful to exclude fever rather than to 'rule in' fever. However, due to significant heterogeneity in the included studies, interpretation of the summary data is difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Fever
  • Mother
  • Palpation
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Immunology

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The accuracy of mother's touch to detect fever in children : A systematic review. / Teng, C. L.; Ng, C. J.; Nik-Sherina, H.; Zailinawati, A. H.; Seng Fah, Tong.

In: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Vol. 54, No. 1, 02.2008, p. 70-73.

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Teng, C. L. ; Ng, C. J. ; Nik-Sherina, H. ; Zailinawati, A. H. ; Seng Fah, Tong. / The accuracy of mother's touch to detect fever in children : A systematic review. In: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 2008 ; Vol. 54, No. 1. pp. 70-73.
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