Management of children’s fever by parents and caregivers: practical measurement of functional health literacy

Emmerton, Lynne, Chaw, Xin Yao, Kelly, Fiona, Kairuz, Therese, Marriott, Jennifer, Wheeler, Amanda and Moles, Rebekah (2014) Management of children’s fever by parents and caregivers: practical measurement of functional health literacy. Journal of Child Health Care, 18 4: 302-313. doi:10.1177/1367493513496663


Author Emmerton, Lynne
Chaw, Xin Yao
Kelly, Fiona
Kairuz, Therese
Marriott, Jennifer
Wheeler, Amanda
Moles, Rebekah
Title Management of children’s fever by parents and caregivers: practical measurement of functional health literacy
Journal name Journal of Child Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-2889
1367-4935
Publication date 2014-12-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1367493513496663
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 302
End page 313
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher SAGE Publications
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Functional health literacy is founded on general and numerical literacy and practical skills and is required for the appropriate and effective management of health symptoms in children. This study aimed to assess the health literacy skills of parents and caregivers of preschool-aged children, using a progressive scenario describing a child with fever and presenting tasks relating to selection of a medicine and hypothetical dosing of their child. Participants (n = 417) from 33 childcare- and health-related sites in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland completed the study. Participants’ responses were largely appropriate regarding actions in response to worsening symptoms, selection of an appropriate product (from a limited range), whereby 84.5% of responses were for a single-ingredient paracetamol product and use of the package directions to state the frequency of dosing (93.1% of frequencies appropriate for paracetamol and 66.7% for ibuprofen). However, in only 50.8% of cases was an appropriate weight-based dose calculated, and doses were not measured to within 10% of the stated dose in 16.7% of cases. Future studies should focus on skill development via educational campaigns for parents and caregivers.
Keyword Care
Childhood illness
Decision-making
Fever
Medication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print August 1, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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