Recommendation ID
Management by remote assessment:- NICE recommends that a UK study is undertaken to determine the validity of symptoms reported on remote assessment for children with fever. [2007]
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Traditionally, symptomatic patients have been assessed in a face-to-face setting but increasingly, remote assessment (for example, assessment over the telephone) determines the urgency of the patient's need, the level of care required and from that the most appropriate next step for the patient. This might include referral to emergency services, referral to acute or non-acute services or closing the call with self-care advice/support. Clinical and cost effectiveness will only be achieved through remote assessment if perceived need equates to actual need. There is currently a lack of data available that demonstrate the validity of remote assessment.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management
Date issued
May 2013

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 13/06/2013