The Cooperative Outcomes Group for ENT: A multicenter prospective cohort study on the outcomes of tympanostomy tubes for children with otitis media

David L. Witsell, Michael G. Stewart, Edwin M. Monsell, James A. Hadley, Jeffrey E. Terrell, Bevan Yueh, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Maureen T. Hannley, Susan Sedory Holzer

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Outcomes for patients with otitis media were assessed in this prospective, multicenter study. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Thirty-one otolaryngologists enrolled 272 pediatric patients with otitis media; caregivers completed surveys at 3-month intervals, and clinical and treatment data was also collected. The Otitis Media 6 (OM-6) was the primary outcome measure. RESULTS: One hundred seventy-seven patients (mean age 2.0 years) completed 3-month follow-up. One hundred thirty-seven patients underwent tympanostomy tube placement. Large improvements in disease-specific quality of life (QOL) were seen up to 9 months of follow-up. Baseline OM-6 score was the best predictor of clinical success in regression modeling. CONCLUSIONS: Patients referred to an otolaryngologist for treatment of otitis media see large improvements in disease-specific QOL regardless of treatment rendered. SIGNIFICANCE: The study demonstrates the feasibility of multicenter outcomes studies and confirms appropriate triage of patients with otitis media into surgical versus medical interventions. EBM rating: C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-188
Number of pages9
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume132
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

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