ERIC Number: ED382306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Otitis Media with Effusion in Young Children. Clinical Practice Guideline, Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, [and] Parent Guide, Consumer Version, Number 12.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Otitis media with effusion and its related hearing loss have been associated with delayed language development, particularly if the disease is recurrent or of long duration, although available data are insufficient to establish a causal linkage. This guide presents recommendations based on extensive reviews of the relevant medical and health-related literature and on expert opinion and consensus of the interdisciplinary panel convened to develop the guide. Because the prevalence, incidence, and management of otitis media with effusion vary with the age of the patient, the guide focuses on the age group at high risk of long-term effects, ages 1 through 3. Recommendations are given for diagnosis and hearing evaluation; control of environmental factors; and sequencing of management interventions, including observation, use of antibiotics or other medications, and the appropriateness and time of surgery. Included are companion quick reference guides: "Managing Otitis Media with Effusion in Young Children" for clinicians; and "Middle Ear Fluid in Young Children" for parents. Contains a glossary and 158 references. (HTH)
Descriptors: Child Health, Clinical Diagnosis, Hearing Conservation, Hearing Impairments, Hearing (Physiology), Infants, Medical Services, Toddlers
AHCPR Publications Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.