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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.34 supplement 1 No.1 March 2010. -

The aim of this study was to investigate the parental reaction after they have been informed that their child has a heart murmur. This study also explored whether their reaction was influenced by the fact that the heart murmur is innocent, which actually means that the child is healthy. One hundred parents participated in this cross-sectional study. According to the statistical results, minor parent concern was notable after cardiologists examination and consulting. Whereas before the cardiologists examination 98% of parents were concerned about their childs health, later, less than half of them, or to be exact, only 38% of them, were still concerned. Before the questionnaire was filled, according to gender distribution, males were less concerned than females. Regarding the number of children, parents having three or more children were less worried before the medical examination. Before the examination, only 17% of parents were completely confident that their child had no heart complaint, and after a month 60% of parents had the same opinion. After cardiologists examination and educational consulting, parental concern dropped significantly, which points to an obligatory need to thoroughly familiarize parents with their childs health condition.

innocent murmur; parent; pediatrician cardiologist; examination

Autor: Nedjeljka Šimunović - ; Clinic for Pediatrics, University Hospital Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Željko Rončević -



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