Article |

How Well They Remember:  The Accuracy of Parent Reports

Charles E. Pless, MA; I. Barry Pless, CM, MD, FRCPC
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(5):553-558. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170180083016.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Objectives:  To determine the range of accuracy of parent recall for many different events when compared with pediatrician's records and to establish whether good recall is associated with the nature of the event, period of recall, or demographic characteristics.

Research Design:  A nonconcurrent, descriptive survey of previous events.

Setting:  Two pediatric group practices in Montreal, Quebec.

Participants:  Two hundred eighty-eight parents of children aged 1 to 13 years.

Interventions:  None.

Measurements/Main Results:  Parents' responses to a self-administered questionnaire were compared with information extracted from pediatricians' records. The health events studied included asthma, bronchitis, otitis media, accidents, hospitalizations, office visits, and birth weight. Most parents (73%) were able to recall birth weight within 50 g, and 85% reported a frequency of hospitalizations that agreed exactly with the record. For asthma, bronchitis, and otitis in the last year, the percentages with good agreement were 91%, 85%, and 51%, respectively, while for the same disorders during the child's lifetime, the corresponding figures were 87%, 74%, and 53%, respectively. Each parent's responses were classified according to overall quality of agreement; associations between agreement and respondent characteristics were investigated. Mothers responded more accurately than fathers, and parents of younger children also showed better recall. Other factors, eg, education and occupation, were not significantly correlated with recall.

Conclusions:  When compared with pediatricians' records, parent reports are generally acceptable for most research purposes and may be a better source for some health events such as accidents.(Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149:553-558)


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours





Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.