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Assessment of Quality of Life Issues in Otitis Media Patients: A Prospective Observational Study

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.6, No. 8)

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Page : 24-29

Keywords : otitis media; antibiotic; quality of life; audiometry;

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Background Middle ear disease (otitis media) is one of the most negligible disease in INDIA. Measuring quality of life in otitis media is of importance in accessing treatment outcomes. We examine trends in antibiotic dispensing. The objective of this work was to collect prospective audiological data and data on general and disease specific quality of life with validated quality of life measurement instruments to assess the impact of disease. Methods100 patients were included in the study. otitis media and perforation of the tympanic membrane were diagnosed by tympanometry and audiometry, the GHSI questionnaires were filled by the OM patients. Their prescriptions are monitored for antibiotics and other classes of drugs. Results Complete data records from 100 patients were available for statistical analysis. Quality of life has improved due to the treatment. Out of the 100 patients females are the most prone to OM with 62 % compared to 38 % of males. Among the antibiotics, penicillins antibiotics are mostly prescribed followed by Cephalosporins, Fluoroquinolonesand Broad spectrum antibiotics. Conclusion The impact of OM on Quality of life in this population seems substantial and OM affects various aspects of the all the age group patients functioning. Our true knowledge, however of QOL in all OM patients with Acute and Chronic OM is still limited, up to now different instruments were used to assess well-being in all patients population with recurrent otitis media and most of them actually measure GHSI rather the QOL. Furthermore data on reliability and validity of these instruments are insufficient and QOL instruments are not adequate for assessments in individual patients. Use instruments that include emotional and social functioning and add a valuation or effective response in patient functioning.

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