Conference Contribution Details
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Kavanagh F, Ibrahim F, Fapohunda O, Keogh IJ
Irish Otoaryngology Society
DISEASE-SPECIFIC QUALITY OF LIFE IN CHILDREN WITH RECURRENT ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA AND OTITIS MEDIA WITH EFFUSION
Ballymena N.I
Conference Organising Committee Chairperson
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12-OCT-18
13-OCT-18
Introduction Otitis media (OM) is inflammation of the middle ear an episode of which occurs in virtually all children by six years of age. OM causes a significant burden for children, their parents and health care systems. OM frequently results in functional limitations of hearing resulting in communication problems and speech and language delays. The aim of this project is to analyse the different factors that contribute to the quality of life of children that present with otitis media. Methodology Children presenting to paediatric ENT services with a history of either recurrent acute otitis media (RAOM) or otitis media with effusion (OME) were recruited. Informed consent was obtained. Interviews were carried out with a parent of the recruited patient. Exact symptoms were clarified and the validated Otitis Media 6 questionnaire was completed. Results A total of 76 patients were included in this study. 71% (n=54) were male. The mean age at the time of presentation to clinic was 6 years (range 6 months- 16 years) with a standard deviation of 3.4 years. The metrics the survey looked at included hearing loss, physical suffering, emotional distress and limitations of physical activities. Conclusion In this population, there is a greater incidence of otitis media in male children. For all instances that a patient was followed up having undergoing ventilation tube (VT) insertion, there was overall improvement in all categories of the survey.
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Biomedical Science and Engineering