Parent and physician decision making in children with suspected ear infection presenting to a children's hospital emergency department.

Parent and physician decision making in children with suspected ear infection presenting to a children's hospital emergency department.

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dc.contributor.advisor Nair, R., en
dc.contributor.author Page, Jacqueline. en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-23T18:21:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-23T18:21:28Z
dc.date.created 2000 en
dc.date.issued 2009-03-23T18:21:28Z
dc.identifier.citation Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 38-05, page: 1291. en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780612481756 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10393/9130
dc.description.abstract Problem statement. This study examines the parent decision to consult a physician, a physician diagnostic decision and a treatment decision in a common childhood illness, acute otitis media (AOM). Method. Physicians and parents of children with suspected ear infection consulting an emergency department in March--June 1998 were surveyed to describe factors related to parent and physician diagnostic and treatment decisions. Results. Parents consulted the ED when their usual caregiver was unavailable. Thirty-eight percent of 769 children were diagnosed with AOM. Presence of earache, absence of fever, parent suspicion of ear infection, and physician work status were each significantly associated with AOM diagnosis. Antibiotics were prescribed for 78% of AOM children. Presence of earache, fever and physician work status was each significantly associated with a decision to prescribe antibiotics. Conclusion. This study provides information to support the development of a physician-parent guide to the diagnosis and treatment of AOM. en
dc.format.extent 180 p. en
dc.publisher University of Ottawa (Canada). en
dc.subject.classification Health Sciences, Medicine and Surgery. en
dc.title Parent and physician decision making in children with suspected ear infection presenting to a children's hospital emergency department. en
dc.type M.Sc.Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Ottawa (Canada), 2000. en

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