The use of pressure-equalization (PE) tubes in the treatment of otitis media: A national survey of otolaryngologists
AuthorHeald, Melinda Merle, 1962-
AdvisorMatkin, Noel D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study was designed to describe those indicators for the surgical insertion of pressure-equalization (PE) tubes given highest priority in clinical practice by board-certified otolaryngologists. A questionnaire was mailed to 1000 otolaryngologists practicing in the United States. The respondents rated the importance of 22 items on a six-point scale. These items were grouped into four categories: medical history, physical examination, audiologic evaluation, and related factors. The return rate was 52.7%. The five items receiving the highest ratings were "persistence of fluid for 3 or more months per episode," "presence of speech-language delay," "bilateral conductive hearing loss of 20 dB or more," "total number of episodes of otitis media," and "lack of response to suppressive antibiotic therapy."
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Speech and Hearing Sciences