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National survey of the aetiological assessment service of permanent childhood hearing loss in Ireland.
Balfe, Joanne; Van Der Spek, Nick; Waldron, David
<p>The original article is available <a href="http://imj.ie/">www.imj.ie</a></p> <p>Aim The Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening Programme (UNHS) was implemented nationally in 2014. All infants identified with permanent childhood hearing loss (PCHL) should have a paediatric assessment performed. This survey aimed to assess available paediatric services and to inform service development. Methods All paediatricians involved in assessment of infants with PCHL were identified. A questionnaire was developed using the BAAP standards. Results were collated on excel. Results Thirty-three paediatricians assess children with PCHL, only 18% (6/33) had received specific training. Waiting time for assessment was beyond the recommended timeframe in the majority of cases (mean 14.4 weeks, range 2-52). Timely access to services such as MRI, genetics and ophthalmology was limited. Conclusion The survey highlights significant deficits in the paediatric component of the UNHS. A model of regionalisation with recommendations to improve the paediatric skill set, resources and supporting services is suggested. © 2018, Irish Medical Association. All rights reserved.</p>
Keyword(s): Survey; Aetiological Assessment; Permanent Childhood Hearing Loss; Ireland.; Medicine and Health Sciences; Pediatrics
Publication Date:
2018
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Citation(s): Balfe J, Van Der Spek N, Waldron D. National survey of the aetiological assessment service of permanent childhood hearing loss in Ireland. Irish Medical Journal. 2018;111(8):804.
Publisher(s): Irish Medical Organisation
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): https://epubs.rcsi.ie/paedart/12
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