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Temperature Taking In Illness

These days, there's a wide variety of methods to take the temperature of someone who's ill. I'd like to see if the new methods are gaining acceptance, or if the older methods still prevail.
How old are you?
< 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
51 - 60
60 +
When ill, how is your temperature taken?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Glass Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead Strip
Other
Why is that method used?
Convenience
Accuracy
Tradition
Speed
Other
What other methods have been used?
Oral
Rectal
Axillary (Armpit)
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead
Other
Were these other methods used mainly in your childhood?
Yes
No
What method does your doctor use to take your temperature?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary - Glass Thermometer
Axillary - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Other
Does your doctor allow a choice of method?
Yes - patient may choose
Yes - parent may choose
Yes - nurse may choose
No - "office policy"
No - other
Are you a parent?
Yes
No
How old are your children?
Infant (0 - 2 years)
Toddler (2 - 4 years)
Elementary School (5 - 11 years)
Middle School (12 - 14 years)
High School (15 - 18 years)
College (18 - 21 years)
21+
How do you take the temperatures of the young children (0 - 4 years) when ill?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Glass Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead Strip
Other
I Don't Take A Temperature
How do you take the temperatures of the elementary school age children (5 - 11 years) when ill?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Glass Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead Strip
Other
I Don't Take A Temperature
How do you take the temperatures of the middle school aged children (12 - 14 years) when ill?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Glass Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead Strip
Other
I Don't Take A Temperature
How do you take the temperatures of the high school aged children (14 - 18 years) when ill?
Oral - Glass Thermometer
Oral - Digital Thermometer
Rectal - Glass Thermometer
Rectal - Digital Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Glass Thermometer
Axillary (Armpit) - Digital Thermometer
Tympanic (Ear)
Forehead Strip
Other
I Don't Take A Temperature
Why do you use those methods on your children? (Check all that apply)
Convenience
Accuracy
Tradition
Speed
Doctor's Recommendation
Method Used By Child's Doctor
Other
Do you let your child choose the route?
Yes
Not Currently - Perhaps When Older
No
Child Takes Own Temperature
Many doctors' offices now use the tympanic (ear) thermometer. Has their use of this method altered your own choice of method?
Yes - I bought one of my own
No - but I'm considering buying one
No - but I did talk with the doctor about it
No - I prefer my own choice
This poll was created on 2003-02-02 23:38:01 by stephcrane