Fever

  • Perform a focused history and physical exam to determine the true presence of fever, fever pattern,associated symptoms and signs, and red flags
  • Identify causes of fever including serious causes (malignancy, infection, drugs)
  • Recognize special groups where fever has different significance or impact (neonates, elderly patients, travel/immigration, under-immunized, immunocompromised).
  • Propose a plan for appropriate investigation of possible causes, especially in the pediatric patient.
  • Propose a basic management plan for the febrile patient

Core Resources

Fever Clinical Card

Chung AB, Bannister SL, Keegan DA. Fever. Canadian Family Medicine Clinical Card. 2011. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/sharcfm/

Approach to the Adult Patient with FUO

Roth AR, Basello GM. Approach to the adult patient with fever of unknown origin. Am Fam Physician. 2003;68(11):2223-2228.