A community-based household survey was utilized to assess the relationship between thermometer use, home treatment and utilization of health care services.
Using a cross-sectional design, the study surveyed 688 low income Mexican origin mothers of children between the ages of 8 and 16 months in San Diego County.
Mothers were asked how they determine that their child has fever and how often they use a thermometer.
Nearly 40% of low income Mexican mothers interviewed in San Diego county never used a thermometer for determining childhood fever.
Approximately two-thirds (64.7%) relied either primarily or exclusively on embodied methods such as visual observation or touch to determine fever in their child.
A multivariate logistic regression analysis determined that low education and a separated or divorced marital status decreased the odds of thermometer use, whereas regular contact with the health care system doubled the likelihood of thermometer use.
Mothers who relied on embodied methods were more likely to use over-the-counter medications than those who relied on thermometers ; however, no significant differences were found between groups using other methods of home treatment.
Fever determination modalities can be used to screen for lack of access to care and to provide for other health care needs in a culturally appropriate manner. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Thermomètre, Hyperthermie, Aspect culturel, Statut social, Parent, Mère, Utilisation, Nourrisson, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Ethnie, Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Immigrant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Thermometer, Hyperthermia, Cultural aspect, Social status, Parent, Mother, Use, Infant, Human, United States, North America, America, Ethnic group, Mexico, Central America, Immigrant
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0506085
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 13/02/1998.