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A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Conceptualizations on Fever in Children Aged 0 to 12 Years

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Health Center of Bargas, 45593 Toledo, Spain
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Social and Health Care Center, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 16007 Cuenca, Spain
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Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Talavera de la Reina, 45600 Toledo, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2959; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162959
Received: 12 July 2019 / Revised: 13 August 2019 / Accepted: 14 August 2019 / Published: 16 August 2019
Many parents experience “fever phobia”, based on misconceptions regarding the repercussions of fever in their children. The aim of this paper was to explore the conceptualizations of parents who are health professionals and parents without health qualifications on childhood fever. This qualitative study was based on grounded theory using a triangulated sample (theoretical sampling and snowball sampling) of parents of children aged 0 to 12 years old who received care for fever in the Emergency Primary Care Services two in Spanish municipalities. Data collection was based on focus groups segmented by gender, place of residence and education. Data analysis followed the constant comparative method and involved a coding process. Results show that independently of the parents’ place of residence or education, their perceptions of fever were somewhat ambivalent, beneficial at times, but also harmful. Parents acknowledged feelings of concern, fear, being overwhelmed, freezing up and relief once the fever was controlled. Health professional parents considered they had an extra responsibility for caring. Finally, parents without health education demanded more information from professionals. These results provide key information for the design of interventions directed at the management of fever in children. View Full-Text
Keywords: perception; grounded theory; fever; children; parents perception; grounded theory; fever; children; parents
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Villarejo-Rodríguez, M.G.; Rodríguez-Martín, B. A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Conceptualizations on Fever in Children Aged 0 to 12 Years. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2959. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162959

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Villarejo-Rodríguez MG, Rodríguez-Martín B. A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Conceptualizations on Fever in Children Aged 0 to 12 Years. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(16):2959. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162959

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Villarejo-Rodríguez, María G., and Beatriz Rodríguez-Martín. 2019. "A Qualitative Study of Parents’ Conceptualizations on Fever in Children Aged 0 to 12 Years" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 16: 2959. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162959

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