Incidence of diarrhea: poor parental recall ability

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dc.contributor.author Melo, Maria Clotildes Nunes de
dc.contributor.author Taddei, Jose Augusto de Aguiar Carrazedo [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Diniz-Santos, Daniel Rui
dc.contributor.author May, Daniel Simões
dc.contributor.author Carneiro, Nadya Bustani
dc.contributor.author Silva, Luciana Rodrigues
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-14T13:37:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-14T13:37:14Z
dc.date.issued 2007-12-01
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-86702007000600009
dc.identifier.citation Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases. Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, v. 11, n. 6, p. 571-579, 2007.
dc.identifier.issn 1413-8670
dc.identifier.uri http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/4049
dc.description.abstract Several methodological issues may have an impact on the incidence rates of childhood acute diarrhea reported by community-based studies. This study was performed to assess the impact of parental recall ability and definition of diarrhea on the estimate of incidence of acute diarrhea. Eighty-four children younger than 40 months were randomly selected and visited every other day for four weeks and the occurrence of diarrhea was registered. On the last day of the study, another visit was performed and the informants were inquired about the occurrence of diarrhea during the previous four weeks. Data gathered during the four weeks were compared to those obtained on the last visit. Additionally, the informants' definition of diarrhea was investigated and compared to the one adopted by this study. During the observation period, 33 children suffered diarrhea, but only 10 (30.3%) informants reported the occurrence of diarrhea. Although 42.4% of those informants reported that their children had been ill over that period, they did not report diarrhea. Further, 60.6% children who had diarrhea suffered at least one episode in the two weeks prior to the visitation. The same definition of diarrhea used in this study was adopted by 52.1% of the informants inquired. Parental recall is an unreliable method to estimate the incidence of diarrhea and studies with a short interval between the visits should be necessary to correctly evaluate this important health problem. Moreover, assessing the informants' own definition of diarrhea is a significant contribution to the interpretation of the results. en
dc.format.extent 571-579
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases
dc.relation.ispartof Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
dc.rights Acesso aberto
dc.subject Acute diarrhea en
dc.subject diarrhea in children en
dc.subject diarrhea definition en
dc.title Incidence of diarrhea: poor parental recall ability en
dc.type Artigo
dc.contributor.institution Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine Professor Hosannah Oliveira Pediatric Center
dc.contributor.institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.description.affiliation Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine Professor Hosannah Oliveira Pediatric Center
dc.description.affiliation Federal University of São Paulo Department of Pediatric Nutrition Division
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp UNIFESP, Department of Pediatric Nutrition Division
dc.identifier.file S1413-86702007000600009.pdf
dc.identifier.scielo S1413-86702007000600009
dc.identifier.doi 10.1590/S1413-86702007000600009
dc.description.source SciELO
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000254388800009



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