Recognition of illness in very young infants by inexperienced health workers.
To determine whether inexperienced health workers can recognize severe infection in infants less than 3 months of age, a study was conducted of 200 infants with cough, fever or « not feeling well ».
The presence or absence of five symptoms: cough, difficulty in breathing, feeding problem, fever or history of convulsions, and ten signs: appearing ill, respiratory rate >=60/min, chest indrawing, grunting, cyanosis, wheeze, lethargy, « too hot », « too cold » or abdominal distension, were recorded by a health worker, who made a diagnosis of « ill » or « mildly ill ».
Each infant was then reviewed by an experienced paediatrician who made a diagnosis of'ill'(pneumonia, sepsis, meningitis or other severe illness) or « mildly ill ».
Mots-clés Pascal : Infection, Bronchopulmonaire, Nourrisson, Homme, Diagnostic, Agent santé, Expérience professionnelle, Indice gravité, Appareil respiratoire pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Infection, Bronchopulmonary, Infant, Human, Diagnosis, Health worker, Professional experience, Severity score, Respiratory disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0063444
Code Inist : 002B05B02E. Création : 199406.