Journal article

Missed opportunities for a diagnosis of acute otitis media in Aboriginal children

KB Gibney, PS Morris, JR Carapetis, SA Skull, AJ Leach

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2003

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Severe otitis media and its sequelae are common in rural and remote Aboriginal children. Identification of acute otitis media (AOM) is likely to reduce the number of children who go on to develop chronic suppurative otitis media and associated complications. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnoses made by researchers with that documented in the medical records of children admitted to the paediatric isolation ward of the Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, Northern Territory. METHODS: Children aged <8 years admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital were eligible for assessment by pneumatic otoscopy, video-otoscopy and tympanometry. A diagnosis was made for each child according to the..

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