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Table 3 Counts and frequencies of “yes” responses by patient subset across the 21 signs and symptoms assessed by the FAST

From: A systematic approach for studying the signs and symptoms of fever in adult patients: the fever assessment tool (FAST)

Signs and symptoms Fever Now
N = 90
N (%)
Fever Not Now
N = 634
N (%)
Fever Never
N = 693
N (%)
Totals
N = 1417
N (%)
1. Cold 8 (9.0) 28 (4.5) 30 (4.4) 66 (4.7)
2. Chills or shivering 4 (4.5) 7 (1.1) 7 (1.0) 18 (1.3)
3. Shaking 1 (1.1) 7 (1.1) 4 (0.6) 12 (0.9)
4. Warm 16 (18.0) 40 (6.3) 34 (5.0) 90 (6.4)
5. Sweating 6 (6.7) 28 (4.4) 9 (1.3) 43 (3.0)
6. Damp 4 (4.4) 19 (3.0) 8 (1.2) 31 (2.2)
7. Clammy 4 (4.4) 11 (1.8) 6 (0.9) 21 (1.5)
8. Headache 11 (12.4) 61 (9.7) 51 (7.4) 123 (8.7)
9. Thirsty 26 (29.2) 142 (22.5) 100 (14.6) 268 (19.0)
10. General body aches 23 (26.1) 128 (20.4) 33 (4.8) 184 (13.1)
11. Weak or lacking energy 34 (38.2) 205 (32.5) 100 (14.6) 339 (24.1)
12. Tired or run down 40 (44.9) 258 (40.8) 134 (19.6) 432 (30.8)
13. Sleepy 41 (45.6) 223 (35.4) 138 (20.0) 402 (28.6)
14. Irritable 4 (4.5) 19 (3.0) 40 (5.8) 63 (4.5)
15. Nauseous 2 (2.3) 60 (9.5) 25 (3.6) 87 (6.2)
16. Poor Appetite 13 (14.4) 129 (20.4) 134 (19.5) 276 (19.6)
17. Difficulty Breathing 9 (10.1) 33 (5.2) 5 (0.7) 47 (3.4)
18. Vivid dreams 0 (0) 32 (5.1) 9 (1.3) 41 (3.0)
19. Hallucinations 0 (0) 20 (3.2) 1 (0.2) 21 (1.5)
20. Throwing up 0 (0) 11 (1.8) 4 (0.6) 15 (1.0)
21. Coughing 20 (23.3) 96 (15.4) 114 (16.7) 230 (16.6)
  1. “Yes” response counts (n) and frequencies (%) for each sign and symptom of the FAST by patient subset: Fever Now (N = 90), Fever Not Now (N = 634) and Fever Never (N = 693) reported by time point. The number of “yes” responses are divided by the number of times each symptom was answered by participants within the column. The final totals column includes 1,417 time points with temperature and FAST assessment. Two hundred and eighty-two temperatures were obtained without a FAST completed. The total sample size in each subgroup is the total time points. However, sample sizes for each symptom slightly differ because of missing data