Feasibility survey for a study on selective antibiotic management of acute otitis media

Kenneth Yen, Christine Walsh-Kelly, Halim Hennes

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the views of community physicians on management of acute otitis media (AOM) without antibiotics and their willingness to support research on this issue. Methods: Community physicians who admit to a children's hospital were surveyed using a questionnaire containing questions on current issues in AOM management and their willingness to support research on management of AOM without antibiotics. Results: Fifty-two percent of the surveys were returned. All respondents report concern about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Sixty-three percent treat otitis media with effusion with antibiotics and 68% give prophylactic antibiotics for recurrent otitis media. Thirty-five percent consider management of AOM without antibiotics as a possible alternative management practice. Forty-five percent of the respondents are willing to support research in this practice and 46% need more information. Conclusions: Surveyed physicians indicate concern about antibiotic resistance and a willingness to support further research on the initial management of acute otitis media without antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalWisconsin medical journal
Volume100
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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