High reliability in respiratory rate assessment in children with respiratory symptomatology in a rural area in Mozambique.

J Trop Pediatr
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Early recognition of severe medical conditions is often based on clinical scores and vital sign measurements such as the respiratory rate (RR) count. We designed this study to determine the reliability of RR assessment counted three times during a full minute by independent observers in children in a developing country setting. A total of 55 participants were enrolled in the study. Participant ages ranged from 10 days to 7 years (median 22 months). Agreement for RR count was high (intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.95; 95% confidence interval: 0.93-0.97). Agreement for presence of tachypnea was also high (Kappa coefficient of 0.83, p

Year of Publication
2014
Journal
J Trop Pediatr
Volume
60
Issue
2
Pages
93-8
Date Published
2014 Apr
ISSN
1465-3664
DOI
10.1093/tropej/fmt081
PubMed ID
24072556
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