Table 2

Overall ranking of categorised items (n=110)

Rank order*Category
1Major complications from child’s illness (eg, long-term disability)
2Illness symptoms (eg, coughing, fever, sore throat)
3Length of stay in the emergency department or hospital
4Child needing to see a doctor
5Return visits to the doctor or hospital
6Child’s reaction to his or her medicine (eg, side effects)
7Child’s medical test results
8Maintenance of day-to-day activities
9Minor complications from child’s illness (eg, cough or rash)
10Costs of child’s illness (eg, medicine or child care)
  • *Ordered from most to least important to parents.