Improving diagnosis, management and access to care for children with otitis media

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Abstract

This thesis sought ways to improve audiological and developmental outcomes of young children suffering from otitis media (OM). The findings suggested some degree of adverse impacts of ventilation tube insertion as a surgical treatment for OM on long-term hearing, middle ear health, and language outcomes. Video otoscopy recordings, compared with still images, provided a clearer view and enabled confident asynchronous assessments of middle ear health. Finally, a hospital-based telehealth service showed a promising role in mitigating the issue of children’s delayed access to care. These findings have major implications for reducing OM burden through timely and appropriate diagnosis and management.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Richmond, Peter, Supervisor
  • Eikelboom, Robert, Supervisor
  • Brennan-Jones, Christopher, Supervisor
Award date14 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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