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Communication of Children Symptoms in Emergency: Classification of the Terminology

Published inStudies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 235, p. 456-460
Publication date2017

The significant part of non-urgent visits to the emergency highlight the necessity to advise people on the actions to take according to their symptoms. Although information sources are accessible through different channels their content often employs medical terminologies that are difficult to understand by laypersons. Our goal is to provide a terminology of the most common symptoms in pediatric emergency adapted to laypersons. This terminology is organized in a hierarchy by the mean of a card-sorting study. The resulting classification separates the symptoms into two main categories: "accident" and "illness" that are subdivided in 9 and 10 sub-categories. The study also revealed that some symptoms were not understood by the participants and had to be reformulated, confirming the importance of user-centered method. The classification resulting from this study will be evaluated through a tree-test.

  • Health communication
  • Access to information
  • Consumer health
  • Information
  • Terminology
  • Symptoms
  • Emergency health services
  • Consumer behavior
  • Consumer participation
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ROCHAT, Jessica et al. Communication of Children Symptoms in Emergency: Classification of the Terminology. In: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. [s.l.] : [s.n.], 2017. p. 456–460. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-753-5-456
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