Journal article

Bell's palsy in children: Current treatment patterns in Australia and New Zealand. A PREDICT study

Franz E Babl, Kaya K Gardiner, Amit Kochar, Catherine L Wilson, Shane A George, Michael Zhang, Jeremy Furyk, Deepali Thosar, John A Cheek, David Krieser, Arjun S Rao, Meredith L Borland, Nicholas Cheng, Natalie T Phillips, Kam K Sinn, Jocelyn M Neutze, Stuart R Dalziel



AIM: The aetiology and clinical course of Bell's palsy may be different in paediatric and adult patients. There is no randomised placebo controlled trial (RCT) to show effectiveness of prednisolone for Bell's palsy in children. The aim of the study was to assess current practice in paediatric Bell's palsy in Australia and New Zealand Emergency Departments (ED) and determine the feasibility of conducting a multicentre RCT within the Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of ED medical records of children less than 18 years diagnosed with Bell's palsy between 1 January, 2012 and 31 December, 2013 was performed. Pote..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre of Research Excellence grant), Canberra, Australia

Awarded by Health Research Council of New Zealand

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded in part by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Centre of Research Excellence grant GNT1058560), Canberra, Australia; the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support program. FEB's time was part funded by a grant from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. SRD's time was part funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC13/556).