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Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Diagnosis and Management of Childhood Otitis Media in Primary Care. A National Clinical Guideline
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2003).
Edinburgh (Scotland): Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), SIGN Publication No. 66, 18 pages.

AGREE Rating: Highly Recommended

Description:
This evidence-based guideline provides recommendations for the assessment and management of childhood otitis media. The primary audiences include: general practitioners, nurses, audiologists, pediatricians, otolaryngologists, other professionals, and service users. Recommendations are graded A, B, C, D, or "Good Practice Point" based on the strength of supporting evidence.

  • Grade A recommendations are based on evidence from systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials that are directly relevant to the population.

  • Grade B recommendations include high quality case control or cohort studies or high quality systematic reviews of those studies that are directly applicable to the population, or recommendations extrapolated from Grade A evidence.

  • Grade C recommendations include well conducted case control or cohort studies or recommendations extrapolated from Grade B evidence.

  • Grade D recommendations are based on evidence from non-analytic studies or expert opinion or recommendations extrapolated from Grade C evidence.

  • Good Practice Points are recommendations based on the clinical experience of the guideline development group.

Recommendations:

Social Communication Disorders
  • Assessment/Diagnosis/Screening

    • Assessment Areas

      • Cognition/Language & Hearing

        • The case history pertaining to otitis media with effusion should include information about social interaction behaviors (p. 2). 

Keywords:
Otitis Media

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