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Table 3 Main themes

From: Parents’ concerns and beliefs about temperature measurement in children: a qualitative study

Themes Subthemes  
The importance of temperature measurement to parents Diagnosis of (high) fever
Indication for action
Situation-specific value and cost
Parents’ use and interpretation of results Accuracy of readings
Interpretation of numerical values
Definition of accuracy
Anxiety about usage
Indication for action
Monitoring response to treatment
Thresholds for a “bad” / high fever
Sources of advice Family and social networks
Books and the internet
Medical professionals and resources
Advice about fever
Advice about thermometers and temperature measurement
Home use patterns and parental experience Parental factors influencing use of thermometers
Motivation for healthcare consultations