2. Measurer Motivation
Many measurers do
not feel it is necessary to strive for maximal measurement accuracy when
they do not understand how measurements are used in clinical interpretation.
Many measurers are casual about measurements because they
view measurement of infants, children, and adolescents as a mundane chore
-- a chore for which they have received no training, have poorly maintained
equipment, and have received no encouragement to perform accurately and
precisely. The measurer is often the most junior member of the staff.
Measurers must understand that accurate measurements are essential for
accurate clinical assessment, determination of dosage of medications,
and determination of need for a specific therapy or documentation of the
response to therapy.
measures are the basis of all pediatric clinical assessment.