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June 1985

Temperature Assessment by Parental Palpation

Author Affiliations

Merced Community Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program 301 E 13th St PO Box 231 Merced, CA 95340-0231

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(6):546. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140080016015

Sir.—We read with interest the article by Banco and Veltri1 concerning the ability of mothers to subjectively assess the presence of fever in their children. We also conducted a very similar study in our practice, the results of which we presented at the Western Regional Meeting of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in Seattle on Sept 17, 1984. Our findings are similar to those of Dr Banco and Mr Veltri.

One hundred parents of acutely ill children (age range, 1 month to 18 years), who had sought care at the Medical Clinic of Merced (Calif) Community Medical Center and who had admitted to using palpation as their sole method of temperature assessment, were included in our study. These parents were asked if the child had fever at the time of presentation. Once the parent acknowledged the presence or absence of tactile fever, the temperature was obtained