The purpose of this study was to investigate whether pediatricians and family practice physicians were using standard criteria referring pre-school children to otolaryngologists and/or audiologists. Data was collected regarding the types of instruments and procedures used in the referral, in addition to the etiologies most frequently referred. Comparisons of referral criteria were made between pediatricians and family practice physicians.
A 17-item questionnaire regarding audiological tests, procedures and pathologies was sent to 108 pediatricians and 112 familiar practice physicians in the Central Florida area. Similarities in tests and procedures used by the two groups of physicians were limited to the use of the otoscope and pneumatic otoscope. Chronic otitis media and speech/language delays were revealed as the most often referred etiologies. Significant differences were noted between the two groups of physicians in the use of tuning forks and tympanometers. Results suggested a need for a more consistent set of procedures and tests in the comprehensive assessment of hearing status in the pre-school child.
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Mullin, Thomas A.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Health
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James, Janet Celia, "Criteria for Referral of Pre-School Children by Pediatricians and Family Practice Physicians to Audiologists and Otolaryngologists" (1987). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5054.
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