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The mothers of 87 Gambian children with a potentially fatal illness were interviewed at the time that their children were admitted to hospital and attempts were made to establish a diagnosis using the mothers' history alone. In 66 cases (76%) initial diagnoses corresponded to the diagnoses established finally by clinical and laboratory investigations. Diagnoses established at second interviews held with 51 mothers 1 month after their children had left hospital were accurate in 88% of cases. Gambian mothers can describe accurately a serious illness in their children and they can, therefore, be relied upon to give accurate information about an illness from which a child has died.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ann Trop Paediatr

Publication Date

09/1987

Volume

7

Pages

187 - 189

Keywords

Adult, Cause of Death, Child, Female, Gambia, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Medical History Taking, Mothers