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The public health problem of acute respiratory illness in childcare


McCutcheon, H and Fitzgerald, MA, The public health problem of acute respiratory illness in childcare, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10, (3) pp. 305-310. ISSN 0962-1067 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-2702.2001.00486.x


• Acute respiratory illness continues to be a significant problem for children attending childcare. • The problems for the child are in terms of prevalence, incidence, and quality of life. • Additional costs relate to parental absence from work and loss of earnings. • This paper reports on the literature, and notes that little research has been undertaken to determine whether there are long-term risks or benefits to experiencing acute respiratory illness in early childhood. •Research to date is presented, and the role of public health nurses is discussed in relation to how they might assist in reducing the incidence/prevalence of acute respiratory illness in children attending childcare. © 2001 Blackwell Science Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acute respiratory illness, attendance at childcare, benefits, infection control, public health nurse, risks
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:64173
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-07-02
Last Modified:2010-07-02

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