Methods: Thirty students were recruited to participate. Three blinded examiners twice scanned each student with the temporal artery thermometer. Intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability was assessed using the intraclass correlation coefficient. Differential margins of error were also calculated.
Results: Intraexaminer reliability was acceptable in 6 of 6 assessments, whereas interexaminer reliability was acceptable in 3 of 4 assessments. The maximum mean differential margin of error was 0.54 for intraexaminer reliability and 0.46 for interexaminer reliability.
Discussion: Combining the mean maximum differential margin of error for intraexaminer (0.54°) and interexaminer (0.46°) and then averaging these 2 ([0.54 + 0.46] / 2) results in a maximum mean differential margin of error of 0.50°.
Conclusion: In this study, intraexaminer reliability ranged from fair to strong. For these examiners, fossa differentials of 0.5 can be considered within the margin of error.
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