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Safetynetting project
Research project

Safetynetting for febrile children and improving parental information on serious illness

Status: Ongoing

To optimize information for parents on serious childhood illness and to improve parents’ ability to recognize alarming signs for serious illness in their child.

What we do

About our project

Background information 

A child’s fever is the most frequent reason for parents to seek medical attention. This holds particularly true for children under the age of 5 years, in whom the fever is mostly self-limiting. To reduce the number of ‘unnecessary’ consultations, but also to prevent missing a seriously ill child, parents should be well informed about managing their febrile child at home. Effective information meets parent’s needs and takes away their worries.

Overall aim

To optimize information for parents on serious childhood illness and to improve parents’ ability to recognize alarming signs for serious illness in their child.

Research method 

We have developed a website with information on symptoms and signs that should alert parents to serious illness in their children (www.sehzorg.nl). The information provision is further being developed and of the use and the effect of this information is being evaluated.

Safetynetting project

Collaborations

Publications

Characteristics of revisits of children at risk for serious infections in pediatric emergency care.
De Vos-Kerkhof E, Geurts DHF, Steyerberg EW, Lakhanpaul M, Moll HA, Oostenbrink R. (2018). Eur J Pediatr. 2018 Apr;177(4):617-624.

YouTube: are parent-uploaded videos of their unwell children a useful source of medical information for other parents?
Knight K, van Leeuwen DM, Roland D, Moll HA, Oostenbrink R. (2017). Arch Dis Child. 2017 Oct;102(10):910-914.

Tools for 'safety netting' in common paediatric illnesses: a systematic review in emergency care.
De Vos-Kerkhof E, Geurts DH, Wiggers M, Moll HA, Oostenbrink R. (2016). Arch Dis Child. 2016 Feb;101(2):131-9.

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